"Villans! dissemble no more! I admit the deed!-tear up the planks! here-here.
"The old man's hour had come! With a loud yell, I threw open the lantern and leaped into the room. He shrieked once-only once. In an instant I dragged him onto the floor, and pulled the heavy bed over him. The old man was dead, yes stone dead".
As the bell sounded the hour, there came a knocking at the street door. I went down to open it with a light hearted
" No doubt I grew very pale; but I talked more fluently, and with an heightened voice. Yet the sound increased. OH GOD! What could I do? I foamed-I raved-I swore. It grew louder-Louder-LOUDER! And still men chatted pleasantly, and smiled. Almighty God!-no-no!they heard! they suspected!-they knew! they were making a mockery of my horror..