"I married early, and was happy to find... my wife" "We had birds, gold fish, a fine dog, rabbits, a small monkey, and a cat.
"One night, returning home, much intoxicated..." "I took from my waistcoat-pocket a pen-knife, opened it, grasped the poor beast by the throat, and deliberately cut one of its eyes from the socket!"
"One morning, in cold blood, I slipped a noose around its neck and hung it to the limb of a tree; -hung it with the tears streaming from my eyes..."
"On the night of the rayon which this cruel deed was done, I was aroused from sleep by the cry fo fire." "The whole house was blazing." "...my wife, a servant, and myself, made our escape from the conflagration."
"...I aimed the blow at the animal..." "I withdrew my arm from her grasp and buried the axe in her brain. She fell dead upon the spot, without a groan."
"In the next, a dozen stout arms were toiling at the wall. It fell bodily. The corpse, already greatly decayed and clotted with gore, stood erect..." "Upon its head...sat the hideous beast whose craft had seduced me into murder..."