Quentin Wright - "Tell-Tale Heart"

Quentin Wright - "Tell-Tale Heart"

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  • And then, when I had made an opening sufficient for my head, I put in a dark lantern, all closed, closed, so that no light shone out, and then I thrust in my head.
  • I saw it with perfect distinctness--all a dull blue, with a hideous veil over it that chilled the very marrow in my bones;
  • Meantime the hellish tattoo of the heart increased. It grew quicker and quicker, and louder and louder every instant. The old man's terror must have been extreme!
  • Every night, for one week, the narrator sneaks into the Old Man's house and watches him sleep. The narrator doesn't kill the man because he doesn't see the Old Man's eye.
  • With a loud yell, I threw open the lantern and leaped into the room. He shrieked once—once only. In an instant I dragged him to the floor , and pulled the heavy bed over him.
  • After the Old Man wakes up, he narrator open his lantern so he can see the Old Man. When he opens it, the light shines on the Old Man's eye.
  • There was nothin to wash out—no stain of any kind—no blood-spot whatever. I had been too wary of that. A tub had caught all—ha! ha!
  • The narrator mistakes the beating of the Old Man's heart for his own. The beating of the heart in the story represents the nervousness or guilt of the narrator.
  • As the sound of the beating heart became louder, the narrator jumped into the room and scared the old man, killing him.
  • Quentin Wright 8-6
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