"...I threw open the lantern and leaped into the room... In an instant, I dragged him to the floor, and pulled the heavy bed over him. I then smiled gaily, to find the deed so far done."
"First of all, I dismembered the corpse. I cut off the head and the arms and the legs. I then took up three planks from the flooring of the chamber, and deposited all between the scantlings."
"There entered three men, who introduced themselves, with perfect suavity, as officers of the police. A shriek had been heard by a neighbor during the night..."
"Villains! dissemble no more! I admit the deed!"
"The officers were satisfied. My manner had convinced them. I was singularly at ease...But, ere long, I felt myself getting pale and wished them gone...and I fancied a ringing in my ears:but still they sat and still chatted."
"I swung the chair upon which I had been sitting, and grated it upon the boards, but the noise arose over all and continually increased. It grew louder - louder - louder! - they knew! - they were making a mockery of my horror!..."
"'Villains!' I shrieked, 'dissemble no more! I admit the deed! - tear up planks! - here, here! - it is the beating of his hideous heart!'"