It took me an hour to place my whole head within the opening so far that I could see him as he lay upon his bed.
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 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.
There entered three men, who introduced themselves, with perfect suavity, as officers of the police. A shriek had been heard by a neighbor during the night.
Good morning, we are here to investigate something.
The shriek, I said, was my own in a dream. The old man, I mentioned, was absent in the country.
A shriek had been heard by a neighbor during the night; suspicion of foul play has been aroused.