And every night about midnight I turned the latch of his door and opened it—oh, so gently! And then, when I had made an opening sufficient for my head, I put in a dark lantern all closed, closed so that no light shone out, and then I thrust in my head.
With a loud yell, I threw open the lantern and leaped into the room. He shrieked once—once only.
I then replaced the boards so cleverly, so cunningly, that no human eye—not even his —could have detected anything wrong.
Come in officers!
Thump Thump Thump
“Villains!” I shrieked, “dissemble no more! I admit the deed!— tear up the planks!—here, here!