It was his eye, he had the eye of a vulture --a pale blue eye, with a film over it. Whenever it fell upon me, my blood ran cold; and so by degrees --I made up my mind to take the life of the old man.
And every night, at midnight, I turned the latch of his door and opened it --oh so gently! And then, when I had made an opening sufficient for my head, I put in a lantern, all closed, and then I thrust in my head. I undid the lantern cautiously-oh, so cautiously -- ( the hinges creaked) --I undid it just so much that a thin ray fell upon the vulture eye. I did for seven long nights --but I found the eye always closed.
It was the eighth night, I had my head in, and was about to open the lantern, when my thumb slipped upon the tin fastening. The old man sprang up in bed, crying out --"Who's there?" For a whole hour I did not move a muscle, and in the meantime I did not hear him lie down. Then, there came to my ears a low, dull, quick sound, I knew that sound well, too. It was the beating of the old man's heart.But the beating grew louder, louder! I thought the heart must burst. The old man's hour had come! I barged into his room,dragged him to the floor, and pulled the heavy bed over him.
If still you think me mad, you will think so no longer when I describe the wise precautions I took for the concealment of the body. The night waned, and I worked hastily, but in silence. First of all I dismembered the corpse. I cut off the head and the arms and the legs.There was nothing to wash out --no stain of any kind --no blood-spot whatever. I had been too wary for that. A tub had caught all --ha! ha!
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.
There came a knocking at the door. I went down to open it with a light heart, --for what had I now to fear? There entered three men, who introduced themselves, with perfect suavity, as officers of the police. A shriek had been heard by a neighbour 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.
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