The Tell-Tale Heart

The Tell-Tale Heart

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  • One of his eyes resembled that 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—very gradually—I made up my mind to take the life of the old man, and thus rid myself of the eye for ever. 
  • Who's there?
  •   I was singularly at ease. But, ere long, I felt myself getting pale and wished them gone. My head ached, and I fancied a ringing in my ears. They heard!—they suspected!—they knew! 
  •  every night about midnight I turned the latch of his door and opened it. 
  • In an instant I dragged him to the floor, and pulled the heavy bed over him.  The old man was dead. I placed my hand upon the heart and held it there many minutes. There was no pulsation. He was stone dead. His eye would trouble me no more. 
  • 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 anything wrong. 
  • The shriek was my own in a dream. The old man was absent in the country. 
  • suspicion of foul play had been aroused
  •  A shriek had been heard by a neighbor during the night
  • The officers were satisfied. They sat and they chatted of familiar things. 
  • Villains! dissemble no more! I admit the deed!— tear up the planks!—here, here!—it is the beating of his hideous heart!
  • You're under arrest!
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