I heard allthings in the heaven and in the earth. I heard many thingsin hell. How, then, am I mad? Hearken!
If still you think me mad, you will think so no longer when I describe the wise precautions I took for the concealment of the body. The night waned,6 and I worked hastily but in silence. First of all I dismembered the corpse. I cutoff the head and the arms and the legs.
I then took up three planks from the flooring of thechamber 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. There was nothing to wash out—no stain of any kind—no blood spot whatever. I had been too wary for that. A tub had caught all—ha! ha!
“Villains!” I shrieked, “dissemble no more! I admit thedeed!—tear up the planks!—here, here!—it is the beatingof his hideous heart!”