The Black Cat

The Black Cat
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Edgar Allen Poe | The Black Cat

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  • 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 the best. 
  • 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 movememnt I cut one of its fear-filled eyes!
  • I tied a strong rope around the catś neck, and taking it down into the cellar under the house I hung it from one of the wood beams above my hear. I hung it until it was dead. I hung it there with tears in my eyes, I hung it because I knew it had loved me, because I felt it had given no reason to hurt it, because I knew my doing so was a wrong so great, a sin so deadly that it would place my soul forever outside the reach of the love of God!
  • Suddenly I noted a place in the wall of the cellar where stones had been added to the wall to cover an old fireplace which was no longer wanted. The walls were not very strongly built, and I foundI could eastily take down those stones. Behind them there was, as I knew there must be, a hold big enough to hold the body. With much effort I put the body in and carefully put the stones back in their place. I was pleased to see that it was quite impossible for anyone to know that a single stone had been moved.
  • Then one day several officers of the police came. Certain that they could find nothing, I asked them in and went with them as they searched. "The walls of this building, "I said, "are very strongly built; it is a fine old house."And as I spoke I struck with my stick that very place in the  wall behind which was the body of my wife. Immediately I felt a cold feeling up and down my back as we heard coming out of the wall itself a horrible cry.
  • For one short moment the officers stood looking at each other. Then quickly they began to pick at the stones, and in a short time they saw before them the body of my wife, black with dried blood and smelling of decay. On the body's head, its one eye filled with fire its wide open mouth the color, sat the cat, crying out its revenge!
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