The Black Cat

The Black Cat

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  • Tomorrow I die. Tomorrow I die, and today I want to tell the world what happened and thus perhaps free my soul from the horrible weight which lies upon it.But listen! Listen, and you shall hear how I have been destroyed.
  • When I was a child, I had a natural goodness of soul which led me to love animals — all kinds of animals, but especially those animals we call pets
  • I was quite young when I married. You will understand the joy I felt to find that my wife shared with me my love for animals.
  • Quickly she got for us several pets of the most likeable kind. We had birds, some goldfish, a fine dog, and a cat.
  • The cat was a beautiful animal, of unusually large size, and entirely black. I named the cat Pluto, and it was the pet I liked best.  I began to drink too much wine and other strong drinks. As the days passed I became less loving in my manner; I became quick to anger; I forgot how to smile and laugh.
  • One night I came home quite late from the inn, where I now spent more and more time drinking. As I entered I saw  that Pluto, the cat, was trying to stay out of my way, to avoid me. This action, made me angry beyond reason. My soul seemed to fly from my body. I took a small knife out of my coat and opened it. Then I took the poor animal by the neck and with one quick movement I cut out one of its fear-filled eyes!
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