" And this I did for seven long nights-- but I found the eye always closed; and so it was impossible to do the work; for it was not the old man who was a problem for me, but his Evil Eye."
" I took my visitors all over the house. I told them to search-- search well. I led them, at length, to his room. "
" He cried once-- once only. Without delay, I forced him to the floor , and pulled the heavy bed over him."
"I then smiled, to find the action so far done."
" I then took up three pieces of wood from the flooring, and placed his body parts under the room." " There was nothing to wash out--no mark of any kind--no blood whatever. I had been to smart for that. A tub had caught it all--Ha! Ha!"
" I cut off the head and the arms and the legs."
"I smiled-- for what had I to fear? The cry, I said, was my own in a dream. The old man, I said was not in the country."
"My head, heart, and I had a ringing in my ears;but they still sat and talked."
"Villians!" I cried, "pretend no more! I admit the deed! Tear up the floorboards! Here, here!It is the beating of his hideous heart!"