In this scene, the man tries to convince the reader that he is sane, even though he killed an innociont man because one of his eyes was blind, and it haunted him . "It is impossible to say how first the ideas entered my brain; but once concieved, it haunted me day and night." "Whenever it fell upon me, my blood ran cold..." "...I made up my mind to take the life of the old man..."
In this scene, the author talks about how he went to the man's house for seven nights with a latern, and when he shone the light on the man's face, he could not see his eye. Therefor, he did not kill him. "And every night, about midnight, I turnedthe latch of his door and opened it..." "...I undid the latern cautiously..." "...I undid so much that a single thin ray fell upon the vulture eye. And this I did for seven long nights..." "I found that the eye was closed, so it was impossible for me to do the work..." "...not the old man who vexed me, but his Evil Eye."
The Heart Beat
In this scene, it is the eighth night of the man going into the old man's room. When he opens the door, he finds that the old man's eye is open, and he grew furious. He could also hear the beating of the old man's heart, which made him even more furious. Then, he leaped upon the old man and threw the matress over his mouth to suffocate him. "...I grew furious as I gazed upon it." "With a loud yell, I threw open the lantern and pulled the heavy bed over him." "The old man was dead."
In this scene, the man chops upn the dead body and buries it under the floorboards. After he finished this, two police officers came to his house to search for anything suspicious. They do not find anything, but the man can hear the beating of a heart. "There entered three men, who introduced themselves as officers of the police." "The officers were satisfied." "No doubt I grew very pale, ; _but I talk with a hietend voice..."
In this scene, the narrorator admits to killing the man, because he is driven mad by the sound of the old man's heart "beating". "But anything was better than this agony!" "Villains!" I shreiked, "dissemble no more! I admit the deed! -tear up the planks!here, here! -It is the beating of his hideous heart!"
I think the most suspensful part of the story was when he buries the body in the floorbaords. "I took up the planks from the flooring of the chamber...I took concealment of the body." "I disembembered the corpse."