Tell-Tale Heart

Tell-Tale Heart

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  • That eye! I must get rid of it...
  • A narrator is vexed by an old man's eye, the "eye of a vulture...pale blue, with a film over it." He will get rid of it even if that means the old man goes down with it.
  • The narrator is insanely kind to the old man in the days leading you to the carrying-out of his plan so that he won't suspect a thing but...
  • Each night he sneaks into the man's room while he's sleeping but sees, with the light of the lantern, that the eye is closed, he can't kill without motivation.
  • Alas, the night had come, the eye was open, the narrator was motivated. The job was done with only one shriek.
  • The narrator cleans up the crime scene and hides the body beneath some floor boards just in time for the police to show up answering a concerned neighbor who heard the old man screech, but when he sits down to speak to the cops, he places his seat directly over the body.
  • Sure that the cops could hear the "body's" heart beating (it was actually his), the narrator was driven to insanity guilt and admitted to killing the man.
  • They must be able to hear it
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