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I seized him; when, in his fright at my violence, he inflicted a slight wound upon my hand with his teeth. At first, the narrator is remorseful and regrets his cruelty. I not only neglected, but ill-used them. Then one day several officers of the police came.

It did not make its appearance during the night — and thus for one night at least, since its introduction into the house, I soundly and tranquilly slept; aye, slept even with the burden of murder upon my soul!

Believing the cat has avoided him, he vengefully grasps the cat, only to be bitten on the hand. Of this spirit philosophy takes no account. And when we were out of the house, all we could do was stand and watch it burn to the ground. But may God shield and deliver me from the fangs of the Arch-Fiend!

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At one period I thought of cutting the corpse into minute fragments, and destroying them by fire. To those who have cherished an affection for a faithful and sagacious dog, I need hardly be at the trouble of explaining the nature or the intensity of the gratification thus derivable.

It is a power stronger than fear itself. But to-morrow I die, and to-day I would unburthen my soul. Without any difficulty, the narrator creates a tomb in the plaster wall, thereby hiding the body and all traces of his murder.

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At first, this image deeply disturbs the narrator, but gradually he determines a logical explanation for it; someone outside had cut the cat from the tree and thrown its corpse into the bedroom to wake him during the fire. The cat, which he intended to kill as well, has also gone missing. In response to the tapping, a long, loud cry emanates from behind the wall. The plot essentially retells the short story in a semi-autobiographical manner, with Poe himself undergoing a series of events involving a black cat which he used to inspire the story of the same name. Download a lesson plan to use with this story here. In , a compilation of Poe's work was released on a double CD entitled Closed on Account of Rabies , with various celebrities lending their voices to the tales. Why should it not run? When I stood up it got between my feet and nearly made me fall. It is a power stronger than fear itself. Plot[ edit ] The story is presented as a first-person narrative using an unreliable narrator. Upon its head sits the missing cat. The story was originally adapted and recorded by the U. I grew, day by day, more moody, more irritable, more regardless of the feelings of others. When I had finished, I felt satisfied that all was right. I should behold it no more!

The guilt of my dark deed disturbed me but little.

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The Black Cat (short story)