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The murder takes place in an old house that produces lots of creaks and noises. The old man's room, where the stalking and murder take place, is usually very dark- "His room was as black as pitch with the thick darkness." Because of this advanced darkness, the sense of sight is not in use, so the sense of sound is acute. Imagery, in this case, revolves around this sense, and the narrator begins to hear what he thinks is his victim's heartbeat. He paints a mental picture for the reader by stating that it sounds like "a low, dull, quick sound, such as a watch makes when enveloped in cotton."
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