The Black Cat
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Yet, mad am I not--and very surely do I dream. But to-morrow I die, and today I will unburthen my soul. My immediate purpose is to place before the world, plainly, succinctly, and with out comment, a"series of mere household events.
“I took from my waistcoat-pocket a pen-knife, opened it, grasped the poor beast by the throat, and deliberately cut one of its eyes from the socket !”
“...it was now, I say, the image of a hideous -- of a ghastly thing -- of the GALLOWS ! -- oh, mournful and terrible engine of Horror and of Crime -- of Agony and of Death !”
“This peculiarity of character grew with my growth, and, in my manhood, I derived from it one of my principal sources of pleasure.”
“The corpse, already greatly decayed and clotted with gore, stood erect before the eyes of the spectators. Upon its head, with red extended mouth and solitary eye of fire, sat the hideous beast whose craft had seduced me into murder, and whose informing voice had consigned me to the hangman. I had walled the monster up within the tomb!”
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