TRUE!--nervous--very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why will you say that I am mad?
The disease had sharpened my senses --not destroyed --not dulled them. above all was the sense of hearing acute. I heard all things in Heaven and in Earth. I heard many things in hell. How, then, am I mad? Hearken! and observe how healthily --how calmly I can tell you the whole story
I loved the old man. He had never wronged me. He had never given me insult. For his gold I had no desire. i think it was his eye! Yes, it was this. He had the eye of an vulture.
So you see he would have been a very profound old man, indeed, to suspect that every night, just at twelve, I looked in upon him for seven nights.