What are some examples of smell, taste, and touch imagery/descriptive language in "The Tell-Tale Heart"?

While Poe does not use smell or taste imagery in "The Tell-Tale Heart," some examples of touch imagery include the eery sense of the thin shaft of lantern light touching the old man's "evil eye" and the touch images of the narrator pounding the floorboards with a heavy stride and scraping a chair across the floor.

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The narrator describes the old man’s room as being as “black as pitch,” and though the old man is clearly awake, the narrator “kept pushing [the door] on steadily, steadily.” While the first description is a visual (sight) image, the second description could be considered a tactile (touch) image as we can certainly imagine the feeling and movement of our hand flat on a door, pushing it open ever so slowly.

The image of the narrator’s “thumb slipp[ing] upon the tin fastening” of the lantern he carries could be considered another tactile image. The narrator fears the old man’s “pale blue eye” and says that the sight of it makes “[his] blood run cold.” This tactile (touch) image of feeling oneself go cold all over due to fear or dread is familiar to most readers who have experienced a similar physical sensation of chill resulting from fright. There is a reason we say that scary things feel chilling.

The narrator also says that the old man, lying awake and afraid in...

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