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The Main Characters: The narrator, the old man The Setting: The old man's dark, quiet house
"One of his eyes resembled that of a vulture--a pale blue eye, with a film over it."
"And every night, about midnight, I turned the latch of his door and opened it--oh, so gently! And this I did for seven long nights--every night just at midnight"
"The old man was dead. I removed the bed and examined the corpse. Yes, he was stone, stone dead. There was no pulsation. He was stone dead. His eye would trouble me no more."
The neighbors reported hearing a shriek from his house so the cops had to come check it out. He started to go insane because he killed the old man, and he started to hear a heartbeat, which drove him to telling the cops about what he had done.
I think the character got arrested for murdering the old man and taken to jail for several years. He probably wouldn't have got caught if he wouldn't have gone crazy.
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