The Tell-Tale Heart

By: Edgar Allen Poe

Summary with Quotes

It was impossible to see how the first idea interned his brain, but once it did he was determined to find a way to get rid of the old man's eye that haunted him day and night. "One of his eyes resembled that of a vulture---a pale blue eye, with film over it." For 7 days at midnight he would peek in and shine the lantern on the eye but every night it would be closed, but on the 8th night something happened. "I had my head in, and was about to open the lantern, when my thumb slipped upon the fastening, and the old man sprang up in the bed, crying out--- "Who's there?"" He stood there for hours waiting to hear him lie down but never did. He decided it was time, so he opened the lantern carefully and directed one beam of light on the eye. "With a loud yell, I threw open the lantern and leaped into the room." Then he through the mattress on the old man and suffocated him. The deed had been done now he had to hid the body so he cut it up and put it in the floor board. Then he hard a knock on the door, so he opened it and there stood three cops. They asked him, some questions after he offered them a drink. They talked for a really long time then he started to get nervous and heard the beating of a heart. Then he turned himself in.