" we had birds, gold-fish, a fine dog, rabbits, a small monkey, and a cat."
" I took from my waist-pocket a pen-knife, opened it, grasped the poor beast by the throat, and deliberately cut one of its eyes from the socket!"
"The cat, I remembered had been hung in the garden adjacent to the house."
"One day she accompanied me, upon some household errand, into the cellar of the old building which our poverty compelled us to inhabit."
"Up lifting an axe, and forgetting, in my wrath, the childish dread which had hitherto stayed my hand, i aimed a blow at the animal which, of course, would have proved instantly fatal had it descended as i wished."
" Upon its head, with red extended mouth and solitary eye of fire, sat the hideous beast whose craft had seduced me into murder, and whose informing voice had consigned me to the hangman"