I was never kinder to the old man than during the whole week before I killed him.
"You should have seen me. You should have seen how wisely I proceeded, with what caution, with what foresight, with what dissimulation I went to work!"
I had my head in, and was about to open the lantern, when my thumb slipped upon the tin fastening, and the old man sprang up in bed.
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 theheavy bed over him.
I then smiled gaily, to find the deed so far done.
They heard! They suspected! They knew! They were making a mockery of my horror! This I thought, and this I think. But anything was better than this agony! Anything was more tolerable than this derision! I could bear those hypocritical smiles no longer!
"Villains!" I shrieked, "dissemble no more! I admit the deed!