It took me an hour to place my whole head within the opening so far that i could see him as he lay upon the bed.
I brought chairs into the room, and desired them here to rest from their fatigues, while I myself, in the wild audacity of my perfect triumph, placed my own seat upon the very spot beneath which reposed the corpse of the victim. “dissemble no more! I admit the deed!— tear up the planks!—here, here!—it is the beating of his hideous heart!”
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 smiled gaily, to find the deed so far done.
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.
As the bell sounded the hour there was a knock at the front door, for what do i have to fear? At the door two police men showed up and asked to search the premises .