The Tell-Tale Heart

  • THE TELL-TALE HEART.

  • Narrator

    TRUE!--nervous--very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am;

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  • but why will you say that I am mad?

  • The disease had sharpened my senses--not destroyed--not dulled them.

  • Above all was the sense of hearing acute.

  • I heard all things in the heaven and in the earth.

  • I heard many things in hell.

  • How, then, am I mad?

  • Hearken!

  • and observe how healthily--how calmly I can tell you the whole story.

  • It is impossible to say how first the idea entered my brain;

  • but once conceived, it haunted me day and night.

  • Object there was none.

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    Passion there was none.

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  • I loved the old man.

  • He had never wronged me.

  • He had never given me insult.

  • For his gold I had no desire.

  • I think it was his eye!

  • Narrator

    yes, it was this!

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