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Imagine the sight of an old mans eye vulturous pale blue with a film covering it Could this drive ones self so insane that one would murder a man because of it This is the event that occurs in Edgar Allen Poes vivid tale The Tell-Tale Heart from the book Designs For Reading Short Stories Every night at precisely midnight the narrator who remains nameless and sexless but for the sake of this essay I will refer to as he ventured into the old mans room without making a sound to observe the very eye at which the sight of made his blood run cold The old man did not suspect a thing During the day the narrator continued to go about his daily routine and even went so far as to ask the old man every morning if he slept well the night before Upon the eighth midnight of this nightly ritual the narrator proceeded to the old mans room as usual however this night was different As he slipped cat-like into the room the old man sat up suddenly in his bed crying out Whos there The narrator stood there silently for over an hour as did the old man who did not lie back down Finally he opened the lantern ever so slightly letting in only a single dim ray only to see that the eye was wide open It was wide open and I grew furious as I gazed upon it I saw it with perfect distinctness-- all a dull blue with a hideous veil over it that chilled the very marrow in my bonesp 153 Then suddenly he heard a low dull quick sound such as a watch makes when enveloped in cottonp 154 This prompted the narrator to leap into the room drag the old man off the bed and pulled the heavy bed over him After carefully checking to make sure that the man was dead he proceeded
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