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.
With a loud yell, I threw open the lantern and leaped into the room. He shrieked once—once only. In an instant I dragged him to the floor, and pulled the heavy 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.
there was a shiek herd by a neighbor, is everything ok?
It was just a dream, you can come in for some tea if you want.
I admit the deed!— tear up the planks!—here, here!—it is the beating of his hideous heart!”