The narrator is kind but the eye disturbs him and he comes up with a plan to kill the Old Man.
The Narrator watches the Old Man for seven nights in a row, but cannot kill him, as his eye is not visible, and he doesn't hate the old man.
The narrator eventually claims to hear the old man's heartbeat once again, and thinks that the police officers can hear it too, but are just taunting him, as they continue to talk and drink their tea. Finally, the narrator has a nervous breakdown and confesses, beginning to tear up the floor boards to show them the old man's body.
Finally, on the eighth night, the Narrator woke the old man, making him open his eyes, For hours he sat there, believing the neighbor's could hear the old man's heartbeat. Finally, the Narrator suffocated the old man with the matress.
Happy that the eye won't bother him any longer, he chops up the old man's body and places it under the wood planks of the room.
Later, three cops show up, claiming to have had a noise complaint filed coming from the old man's house. Willingly, the narrator shows them around and asks them if they would like some tea. He pulls out chairs, his own placed above the old man, and the others around him.