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  • I had my head in, and was about to open the lantern, when my thumb slipped upon the tin fastening, and the old man sprang up in bed, crying out --
  • For a whole hour I did not move a muscle.
  • Who's there?!
  • There came to my ears a low, dull, quick sound. It was the beating of the old man's heart; it increased my fury . . .
  • I scarcely breathed. The old man's terror must have been extreme! But the beating grew louder, louder! I thought the heart must burst. A new anxiety seized me --the sound would be heard by a neighbor! The old man's hour had come!
  • With a loud yell, I leaped into the room. He shrieked once. In an instant I dragged him to the floor, and pulled the heavy bed over him. The heart beat on with a muffled sound. 
  • At length it ceased. I removed the bed and examined the corpse. He was stone, stone dead. His eye would trouble me no more.
  •   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. I worked hastily, but in silence.
  • First of all I dismembered the corpse. I cut off the head and the arms and the legs.
  • I then took up three planks from the flooring of the chamber, and deposited all between the scantlings.
  • -- not even his --
  • could have detected any thing wrong. There was nothing to wash out --no stain of any kind.
  • I then replaced the boards so cleverly, so cunningly, that no human eye --
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