It took me an hour to place my whole head within the opening so far that I could see him as he lay upon his bed.
quickly i put the bed over him
I then took up three planks from the flooring of the chamber, and deposited all between the scantlings. I then replaced the boards so cleverly, so cunningly, that no human eye not even his could have detected anything wrong.
The shriek, I said, was my own in a dream
suspicion of foul play had been aroused
A shriek had been heard by a neighbor during the night
Villains!” I shrieked, “dissemble no more! I admit the deed!— tear up the planks!—here, here!—it is the beating of his hideous heart!”