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 any thing wrong.
Police officers entered the house. I smiled, -- for what had I to fear? I bade the gentlemen welcome. The shriek, I said, was my own in a dream. The old man, I mentioned, was absent in the country. I took my visitors all over the house. I bade them search. I led them, at length, to his chamber.
I shrieked, "dissemble no more! I admit the deed! --tear up the planks! here, here! -- It is the beating of his hideous heart"