Short Story: “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe (1809–49). First published: 1843.

“Y tEl.tCl RArt” PX ETKd Vlen pG

the_tell__tale_heart_by_lookalivezombie-d4gonj2_425x544trU! … nDFbs … FErh, FErh TrETfqlh nDFbs X RVT PHn + Vm; PBt MX MHl LU sC YVt X Vm mVT? Y ThSIS RVT zArpenT mX sEnseS … nOt TestrOLT … nOt TBlT YEm. bPBF Ol MBS Y sEns BF RHrhN okLQt. X RDT Ol yHNS Hn Y REFen + Hn Y Dy. X RDT mEnh yhNS Hn REl. RW, Yen, Vm X mVT? RArken! + oPSDF RW RElyhlh … RW kAmlh X kVn tEl LU Y RGl stOrh.

Ht HS hmpOshPl tU sC RW fDst Y xTIa EntdT mX PrCn; PBt Mbns konsIFT, Ht ROnteT mI TC + nXt. OPJekt YEr MOS nBn. pVzon YEr MOS nBn. X lBFT Y GlT mVn. RI RVT nEFd rONT mI. RI RVT nEFd KHFen mI Hnsblt. fOr RhS KGlT X RVT nG TeSXd. X yhNk Ht MOS RHS X! LEs, Ht MOS YHs! MBn OF RHS XS riSEmPlT YEt OF A FBljd … A pCl PlU X, MHy A fHlm GFd Ht. MenEFd Ht fEl bpOn mI, mX PlOT rVn kGlT; + sG PX TeKrIS … FErh KrVJualh … X mCT Bp mX mXnT tU tXk Y lXf OF Y GlT mVn, + YBs rHT mXself BF Y X fOrEFd.

nW YHs HS Y pOLnt. LU fVnsh mI mVT. mVtmen nG nByhN. PBt LU jQT RVF sIn mI. LU jQT RVF sIn RW MXSlh XprgsITeT — MHy MOt kOjon … MHt MOt fOrsxt — MHt MOt ThsHmLulCjon X MEnt tU MDk! X MBS nEFd kXnd tU Y OlT mVn YVn TLUrhN Y RGl MIk befOr X kHlT RHm. + EFrh nXt, vPWt mHTnXt, X tDnT Y lVj OF RHS TOr + GpenT Ht … G, sG JEntlh! + YEn, MEn X RVT mCT Vn GpenhN sbfHznt fOr mX RET, X pQt in A TArk lVntdn, Ol klGST, klGST, sG YVt nG lXt jGn Wt, + YEn X yrBst Hn mX RET. G, LU ROT RVF lVft tU sI RWkBnhNlh X yrust Ht Hn! X mUFT Ht slGlh, sG YVt X mXt nOt ThstDP Y Gld mVnS slIp. Ht tQk mI Vn Wr tU plCs mX RGl RET RhyHn Y GpenhN sG fAr YVt X kQT sI RHm VS RI lC bpOn RhS bET. RV! … MQT A mVTmvn RVF PHn sG MXS VS YHs? + YEn, MEn mX RET MBS MEl MhyHn Y rUm, X BnThT Y lVntdn kOzhslh … G sG kOzhslh — kOzhslh — kOzhslh (fOr Y RHnJeS krIkt) … X BnThT Ht JBst sG mBj YAt A sHNKl yHn rC fEl upOn Y FBljd X. + YHs X THT fOr sEven lON nXts — Everh nXt JBst Vt mHTnXt — bBt X fWnT Y X OlMXS klGZT; + sX Ht MOS hmpOshPl tU TU Y MDk; fOr Ht MOS nOt Y Gld mVn RU FEkst mI, PBt rHS IFhl X. + EFerh mOrnhN, MEn Y TX PrGk, X MEnt PGlTlh Hntu Y jCmPd, VnT spGk kOrCJbslh tU RHm, kAlhN RHm PX nXm Hn A RArth tGn, + hnkMXriN RW RI RVT pVst Y nXt. sG LU sI RI MOT RVF PHn A FErh prGfWnT GlT mVn, hnTIT, tU sbspEkt YVt EFerh nXt, JBst Vt tMElF, X lQkt Hn bpOn RHm MXl RI slEpt.

bpOn Y Cty nXt X MOS mOr YVn LUJualh kOzbs Hn GpeniN Y TOr. A MAjeS mHnbt RVnT mUFS mOr kRHklh YVn mXn TIT. nEFd PhfOr RVT X fElt Y ekstEnt OF mX Gn pWMdS … OF mX seJVshth. X kQT skVrslh kbntCn mX fIlhNS OF trXbmf. tU yHNk YVt YEd X MBS, GpenhN Y TOr, lHtl PX lhtl, + RI nOt IFn tU TrIm OF mX sIkret TItS Or yOTs. X fEdlh jBklT Vt Y xTIa; + pdRVps RI RDT mI; fOr hI mUFT On Y bET sBTnlh, VS Hf stArtlT. NW LU mC yHnk YVt X TrU bVk — PBt nG. RHS rUm MBS VS blVk VS pHj MHy Y yHk TArknes, (fOr Y zBtdS MD klGs fAsenT, yrU fHd OF rOPdS,) + sG X nU YVt RI kQT nOt sI Y GpenhN OF Y TOr, + X kEpt pQzhN Ht On stEThlh, stEThlh.

X RVT mX RET Hn, + MBS bPWt tU Gpen Y lVntdn, MEn mX yBm slHpt bpOn Y tHn fAsenN, + Y GlT mVn sprBN Bp Hn PET, krXhN Wt … “RUS YEd?”

X kEpt kext stHl + sET nByhN. fOr A RGl Wd X THT nOt mUF A mBsl, + In Y mIntXm X ThT nOt RId RHm lX TWn. RI MBS stHl sHthN Bp Hn PET lHsnhN; … JBst VS X RVF TBn, nXt Vftd nXt, RArknhN tU Y TEy RAjeS Hn Y RAl.

prESentlh X RDT A slXt KrGn, + X nU Ht MAS Y KrGn OF mOrtal tErd. Ht MAS nOt A KrGn OF pCn Or OF KrIf … G nG! … Ht MAS Y slG stXflT sWnT YVt aRXSeS frOm Y POtm OF Y sGl mEn GFdjArKT MHy O. X nU Y sWnT MEl. MEnh A nXt, JBst Vt mHTnXt, MEn Ol Y RDlT slEpt, Ht RVS MElT Bp frBm mX Gn PQSm, TIpenhN, MHy Hts TrETfql Ekg, Y tErdS YVt ThstrVkteT mI. X sC X nU Ht MEl. X nU MOt Y GlT mVn fElt, + X pHtiT RHm. RI RVT PHn trXhN tU fVnsh YEm kOSles, PBt kQT nOt. RI RVT PHn SChN tU RhmsElf … “Ht HS nByhN PBt Y MHnT Hn Y jHmnh … Ht HS Gnlh A mWs krOshN Y flOr,” Or “Ht HS mIdlh A krHket MHj RVS mCT A sHNKl jDp.” LEs, RI RVT PHn trXhN tU kOmfdt RHmsElf MHy YIS sbpoSHznS: PBt RI RVT fWnT Ol Hn FXn. Ol Hn FXn; PhKOS TEt, Hn vprGjhN Rhm RVYstOkt Mhy RhS PlVk zVTg PhfOr Rhm, + enFElopt Y FHkthm. + Ht MBS Y mOrnfql HnflUens OF Y bnpdsIFT zVTg YVt kOSY RhM tU fIl … OlTG rI nIYv sO nOr RDT … tU fIl Y prESens OF mX RET MHyhn Y rUm.

MEn X RVT MXteT A lON tXm, FErh pXzhntlh, MHyWt RIrhN RHm lX TWn, X rISOlFt tU Gpen A lHtl … A Ferh, Ferh lHtl krEFhs Hn Y lVntdn. sG X GpenT Ht … LU kVnot hmVJhn RW stElyhlh, stElyhlh … bntHl, Vt lENy A sHmpl THm rC, lXk Y yrET OF Y spXTd, zOt frOm Wt OF Y krEFhs + fEl fQl upOn Y FBljd X.   

Ht MBS Gpen … mXT, MXT Gpen … + X KrU fLUrhOs VS X KCST bpOn Ht. X sO Ht MHy pDfekt ThstHNktnes … Ol A TBl PlU, MHy A RHTLOs FCl GFd Ht YVt jHlT Y FErh mVrg Hn mX PGnS; PBt X kQT sI nByhN Els OF y GlT mVn’s fXs Or pDson: fOr X RVT ThrEkteT Y RX VS Hf PX HnsthNkt, presXslh apOn Y TVmnT spOt.

+ X RVF nOt tGlT LU YVt MAt LU mhstXk fOr mVTnes HS PBt GFdakLUtnes OF Y sEns? … nW, X sC, YEr kCm tU mX LDS A lG, TBl, kMHk sWnT, sBj Vs A MAj mCks MEn enFElopt Hn kOtn. X nU YVt sWnT MEl, tU. Ht MAS Y PIthN OF Y GlT mVnS RArt. Ht hnkrIst mX FLUrh, VS Y PIthN OF A TrBm stHmLUlXts Y sGlJd Hntu kQrhJ.

PBt IFen LEt X rIfrCneT VnT kEpt stHl. X skErslh PrIYT. X RElT Y lVntdn mGzhnles. X trXT RW stEdhlh X kQT

PBt IFen LEt X rhfrXnT + kept stHl, X skEdslh PrIYT. X RElT Y lVntdn mGznles. X trXT RW stEThlh X kQT mcntCn Y rC bpOn Y IF. mIntxm Y RElhz tVtu OF Y RArt hnkrIsT. Ht KrU kMHkd + kMHkd, + lWTd + lWTd Evrh Hnstent. Y GlT mVnS tErd mBst RVF PHn ekstrIm! Ht KrU lWTd, X sC, lWTd Evrh mGment! … TU LU mArk mI MEl X RVF tGlT LU YVt X Vm nDFbs: sG X Vm. + nW Vt Y TET Wd OF Y nXt, amHT Y TrETfql sXlens OF YVt GldT RWs, sG strCnJ A nOLS VS YHs eksXteT mI tU BnkontrGlhPl tErd. LEt, fOr sBm mHnbts lONKd X RhfrCnT + stQT sthl. PBt Y PIthN KrU lWTd, lWTd! X yOt Y RArt mBst Pdst. + nW A nU vNSXeth sIST mI … Y sWnT MQT PI RdT PX A nCPd! Y GlT mVnS Wd RVT kBm! MHy A lWT LEl, X yrU Gpen Y lVntdn + lIpt Hntu Y rUm. RI zrIkt MBns … MBns Gnlh. Hn Vn Hn Hstant X TrVKT RHm tU Y flOr, + pQlT Y REFh PET GFd RHm. X smXlT KClh, tU fXnT Y THT sG fAr TBn. PBt, fOr mEnh mHnhts, Y RArt PIt On MHy A mBflT sWnT. YHs, RwEvd, ThT nOt FEks mI; Ht MQT nOt PI RDT yrU Y MAl. Vt lENy Ht sIsT. Y GlT mVn MBS TET. X rhmUFT Y PET + eksVmhnT Y kOrps. LEs, RI MBS stGn, stGn TET. X plCst mX RVnT bpOn Y RArt + RElT Ht YEd mEnh mHnhts. YEd MBS nG pblsCzn. RI MBS stGn TET. RHS IF MQT trBPl mI nG mOr.  

Hf stHl LU yHNk mI mVT, LU MHl yHNk sG nG lONKd MEn X TeskrXP Y MXS preKOznS X tQk fOr Y konsIlment OF Y PATh. Y nXt MCnT, + X MDkt RXsthlh, PBt Hn sXlens. fDst OF Ol X ThsmEmbdT Y kOrps. X kBt Of Y REd + Y ArmS + Y lEKS.

X YEn tQk Bp yrI plVNks frOm Y flOrhN oF Y jCmPd, + TePOshteT Ol  PetMIn Y skVntlHNS. X YEn replCst Y POrTS sG klEFdlh, sG kBnhNlh, YVt nG RLUman X … nOt IFen RHS … kQT RVF TetEkteT EnhyhN rON. YEr MBS nByhN tU MOz Qt … nG stXn BF Enh kXnT … nG PLBT.spOt MbtEFd. X RVY PHn tU MErh fOr YVt. A tBP RVT KOt Ht Ol … RA! RA!     

MEn X RVT mCT An EnT BF YIS lCPdS, Ht MBS fOr gklOk … stHl TArk VS mHTnXt. VS Y PEl sWnTeT Y Wd, YEr kCm A nOkhN At Y strIt TOr. X MEnt TWn tU Gpen Ht MHy A lXt RArt, … fOr MBt RVT X tU fHd? YEr EntdT yrI mEn, MU hntrgTUsT YEmselFS, MHy pDfekt sMAFhth, AS OfhsdS BF Y pglIs. A zrIk RVT PHn RdT PX A nCPor TLUhN Y nXt; sbspHzn BF fWl plX RVT PHn arWSY; hnfOrmCzn RVT PHn lOJT At Y polIs Ofhs, + YX (Y OfhsdS) RVT PHn TepLUteT tU sDj Y prEmhseS.

X smXlT, … fOr MOt RVT X tU fHd? X PCT Y JEntlmen NElkbm. Y zrIk, X sET, NBS mX Gn Hn A TrIm. Y GlT mVn, X mEnznT, MBS VPsent Hn Y kBntrh. X tOk mX FHShtorS Ol GFd Y RWs. X PXT YEm sDj … sDj MEl. X lET YEm, At lENy, tU RHS jXmPd. X zGT YEm RHS trEZdS, sekLUd, bnThtDPT. Hn Y entUZLASm BF mX kOnfhTens, X PrOt jErS Hntu Y rUm, + ThZXdT YEm rId tU rest frOm YEr fatIKS, MXl X mxsElf. Hn Y mXlT oTVshth BF mX pDfekt trXbmf, plCsT mX Gn sIt bpOn Y FErh spOt PenIy MHj repGST Y kOrps BF Y FHkthm.

Y OfhsdS MD sVthsfXT. mX mVnd rVT kbnFHnst YEm. X MBS sHnKLUlarlh Vt IS. YX sVt, + MXl X VnsdT jIrfqlh, YX jVteT BF fbmHlhd tHNS. PBt, Er lON, X fElt mxsElf KEthN pCl + mHzt YEm KOn. mX RET Ckt, + X fVnsiT A rHNhN Hn mX HdS: PBt YX stHl sVt + stHl jVteT. Y rHNhN PikCm mOr ThstHNkt: … Ht kontHnLuT + PikCm mOr ThstHNkt: X tOkt mOr frIlh tU KEt rHT BF Y fIlhN: PBt Ht kontHnluT + KCnT TEfhnhtnes … bntHl, Vt lENy, X fWnT YVt Y nOLS MBS nOt MhyHn mX IdS. 

nG TWt X nW KrU FErh pCl; … PBt X tOkt mOr flUentlh, + MHy A RXtenT FOLs. LEt Y sWnT hnkrIst … + MBt kOT X TU? Ht MBS A lG, TUl, kMHk sWnT … mBj sBj A sWnT VS A mOj mCks mEn enFElopt Hn kOtn. X KVspt for PrEy … + LEt Y OfhsdS RDT Ht nOt. X tOkt mOr kMHklh … mOr FIementlh; PBt Y nOLS stEThlh hnkrIst. X arGS + ArKLuT aPWt trXflS, Hn A RX kI MHy FXolent JestHkLulCznS; PBt Y nOLS stEThlh hnkrIst. MX mOT YC nOt PI KOn? X pCst Y flOr tU + frG MHy REFh strXTS, VS Hf eksXteT tU fLUrh PX Y oPSdFCznS OF T mEn … PBt T nOLS stEThlh hnkrEst. G KOT! MBt kOT X TU? X fGmT … X rCFT … X sMOr! X sMBN Y jEr upOn MHj X RDT PHn sHthN, + KrCteT Ht upOn Y POrTS, PUt Y nOLS arCS GFd Al + kontHnLualh hnkrIst. Ht krU lWTd … lWTd … lWTd! + stHl Y mEn jVteT plESentlh + smXlT. MBS Ht pOshPl YC RDT nOt? olmXth KOT! … nG, nG! YC RDT! … YC sbspEkteT! … YC nU! … YC MD mCkhN A mOkdh OF mX ROrd! … YHs X yOt, + YHs X yHNk. PBt EnhyhN MBS PEtd YVn YHs AKonh! EnhyhN MBS mOr tOldaPl YVn YHs TerHZn! X kOT PEr YGS RhpokrHthkal smXlS nG lONKd! X fElt X mBst skrIm Or TX! + nW … aKEn! … RArk! lWTd!lWTd! lWTd! lWTd!

“FHlbnS” X zrIkt, “ThSEmPl nG mOr! X aTmht Y TIT … tEr Bp Y plVNks! RHd, RHd! … Ht HS Y PIthN OF RHS RHTLbs RArt!

… Y EnT …