The narrator tells how he is not mad, but how much he hated the eye of the old man, and how he would kill him to rid himself of the old man´s, ¨...eye of a vulture- a pale blue eye with film over it.¨
"And [watched the old man sleep] I did for seven long nights... but I found the eye was always closed; and so it was impossible to do the work; for it was not the old man who vexed me, but his Evil Eye" He believed himself to her the old man's heart-beat.
Falling Action (cont.)
Officers please, come in!
"Upon the eighth night I was more than usually cautious in opening the door... With a loud yell, I threw open the lantern and leaped into the room... I dragged him to the floor and pulled the heavy bed over him... There was no pulsation. He was stone dead.
"First of all I dismembered the corpse. I cut off the head and the arms and legs. Then I took up three planks... Then I replaced the boards."
Officers receive info of a disturbance in a neighboring house. The police go to the house to check it out, but find that the narrator is at the house, and welcomes them in to check for anything suspicious.
The narrator begins to "hear" the heart-beat of the old man while he lays in pieces, dead in the ground. The sounds becomes too much for him and he screams to the officers that the old man is in the ground.
"Villains! Dissemble no more! It is the beating of his hideous heart!"