"Tell-Tale Heart"

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  • "He had the eye of a vulture—a pale blue eye, with a film over it."
  • The narrator is introduced, and he starts telling his story about how and why he killed an old man, due to the man's "vulture eye." The narrator also tries to pursuade the reader of his sanity.
  • The narrator was never kinder to the old man before the week he killed him. Also, he explains how the old man's "Evil Eye" makes his blood run cold whenever looked upon; and how his eye is a pale blue color, that was covered with a film.
  • Over the next seven days, the narrator plots to murder the old man. He stealthily creeps into the old man's chamber every night about midnight, shining the light onto his eye. Until the eighth night...
  • “Villians! Dissemble no more! I admit the deed!—tear up the planks!—here, here!—it is the beating of his hideous heart!”
  • At last, the old man suddenly wakes up with a fright when the narrator's thumb slipped onto the tin fastening of the lantern. "Who's there?" called the old man... An hour later, the narrator made a slight crevice opening the door, and shined a very small ray of light directly into the man's "vulture eye." Finally, the narrator leapt toward the old man, pulled him out of bed, and suffocated him with his own mattress.
  • Thump, Thump, Thump...Thu...Th...
  • About 4am, three police officers arrived, notified by a neighbor who heard a shriek. Gladly, the narrator welcomed them in and allowed them to search the premises. Soon, the narrator became very pale and nervous; wishing them gone. He heard a slight ringing, which grew louder and louder. 
  • At last, the narrator commited to the deed, and he showed the police officers where he hid the old man's dismembered body, which was under the wood planks in the old man's bedroom.
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