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.
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.
A shriek had been heard by a neighbor during the nightsuspicion of foul play had been aroused; information had been lodged at the police office, and we) had been deputed to search the premises.
The shriek was my own in a dream. The old man was absent in the country
You are going to jail.
I felt that I must scream or die!—and now—again— hark! louder! louder! louder! louder!