True!—nervous—very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am! but why will you say that I am mad? The disease had sharpened my senses—not destroyed—not dulled them.
" I was never kinder to the old man than during the whole week before I killed him. 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"
" I dragged him to the floor, and pulled the heavy bed over him. I then smiled gailey, to find the deed so far done."
"First of all I dismembered the corpse. I cut off the head and the arms and the legs."
"...I bade the gentlemen welcome... I bade them search-search well."
"Villains! I shrieked, dissemble no more! I admit the deed!- tear up the planks!- here,here!- it is the beating of his hideous heart!"