"He had the eye of a vulture...." "When it fell upon me my blood ran cold...." "I made up my mind to take the old mans life!"
"the sound increased... I talked more quickly... the noise steadily increased.... the noise arose over all and continually increased. It grew louder --louder! And still the men chatted pleasantly. Was it possible they heard not?-no, no! They heard! --they were making a mockery of my horror! I could bear those hypocritical smiles no longer!...and now --again!...louder! louder!... I admit the deed! tear up the planks! here! --It is the beating of his hideous heart!"
"...I dragged him to the floor, and pulled the heavy bed over him." "for many minutes the heart beat on with a muffled sound." "it would not be heard through the wall. At length it ceased." "The old man was dead."