"it is impossible to say how first the idea entered my brain, but once conceived it hunted me day and night.
"the old men's hour had come! 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.
"evry night for seven days he sticks his hand in the old man s room and watched him sleep"
"with a loud yell i threw open the lantern and leaped into the room he shrieked once -once only. in an instant i drag him to the floor, and pulled the heavy bed over him. i then smiled gaily, to find the deed so far done.
"there entered three men, who introduced them selves, with perfect suavity, as officer of police .
"villains! i shrieked, dissemble no more!- tear up the planks! here, here!-it is the beating of his hideous heart!