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  • "... to suspect that every night, just at twelve, I looked upon him while he slept"
  • "For it was not the old man that vexed me, but his evil eye."
  • "I then took up three planks from the flooring of the chamber..."
  • "...calling him by name in a hearty tone and inquiring how he had passed the night."
  • At midnight every night, I would sneak it to the old man's room very precisely.  I would take my time and be very cautious not to wake him.
  • The old man's eye was like a vulture eye. It was a dull blue covered in a hideous veil.  The eye made me grow furious and chilled inside.
  • "A shriek had been heard by a neighbor during the night" 
  • I waited till I heard the old man's heart beat as fast as it could before I attacked.  I jumped out from the shadows and covered him with the mattress till his heartbeat stopped. To make sure no one would find him I put him under the floorboards.
  • "I undid it just so much that a single ray of light fell upon the vulture eye."
  • Every morning I would talk to the old man courageously in a hearty tone. I would call him by name and inquire how he passed the night. 
  • When knocking came at the door I was prepared for the police. I had already finished cleaning. I was very friendly with them and they never suspected a thing.
  • When I had my head through the door on the eighth night I slipped. When I went to open the lantern my thumb slipped and the old man awoke, he had fear in his eyes.
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