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TRUE---- nervous---very--- very dreadfully nervous I had been -- and am but why willyou 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 heaven and on earth I heard manyHow then am I mad Harken and observe how healthily how calmly I can tell you the wholeIt is impossible to say how first the idea entered my brain but once conceived it hauntedme day --and night Object---- there was none Passion-------there was none I loved the old manHe had never wronged me He had never given me insult For his gold I had no desire Ithink-----it was--------his eye Yes it was this One of his eyes resembled that of a vulture-----apale blue eye------with a film over it Whenever it fell upon me my blood ran cold And so bydegrees------very gradually---I made up my min to take the life of the old man and thus rid myselfNow this is the point You fancy me Mad Madmen know nothing But you should haveseen me You should seen me You should have seen how wisely I proceeded-----with whatCaution---with what foresight---with what dissimulation I went to work I was never kinder to theold man than during that the whole week before I killed him And every night-----Aboutmidnight----I turned the latch of his door and opened it---Oh so gently And then when I hadmade an opening sufficient for my head I put in a dark lantern all closed closed so that no lightshone out and then I thrust in my head Oh you would have laughed to see how cunningly Ithrust it in I moved it slowly-very very slowly so that I might not disturb the old mans sleep Ittook me an hour to place my whole head within the opening so far that I could see him as he layupon his bed Ha-would a madman have been so
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