"And I did this for seven long nights -- every night just at midnight -- but I always found the eye closed; and so it was impossible to do the work; for it was not the old man who vexed me, but his Evil Eye."
"I had my head in, and was about to open the lantern, when my thumb slipped upon the tin fastening, and the old man sprang up in the bed, crying out -- 'Who's there?' "
"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."
Every night, the Narrator would sneak into the Old Man's room very stealthily and if his Evil Eye was ever open, that is when he would kill him.
"First of all I dismembered the corpse. I cut off the head and the arms and the legs. I then took up three planks from the flooring of the chamber, and deposited all between the scantlings."
The Narrator accidentally wakes the Old Man up while trying to quietly get into his room.
"I bade them search -- search well."
"A shriek had been heard during the night; suspicion of foul play had been aroused; information had been lodged at the police office, and they (the officers) had been deputed to search the premises."
After the light of the lantern hit the Evil Eye, the beating of the Old Man's heart grew so loud he was afraid the neighbors would hear it and killed the Old Man.
" 'Villians!' I shrieked, 'dissemble no more! I admit the deed! -- tear up the planks! -- here, here! -- it is the beating of his hideous heart!' "
The Narrator was cutting up and hiding all of the parts of the old man whom he had just killed so that nobody would know that he killed him.
The police came to the Narrator's house to investigate reports of a shriek in the night and the Narrator willingly let them.
The Narrator confesses to murdering the Old Man and shows the police where the body is.