What suspenseful moments does Edgar Allan Poe create in his short story "The Black Cat"?

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The suspense in the narrative of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Black Cat" begins with the narrator's declaration that he will die on the following day. 

In the exposition of this story, the narrator proposes to put before his audience what he calls a series of "mere household events." Nonetheless, suspense is generated in the next sentence as he declares that these events "have terrified, have tortured, have destroyed me," and they have produced horror in his mind, although they may be nothing but "natural causes and effects" to someone else.

As the story continues, the narrator admits that he began to drink heavily, and he underwent a personality transformation. For instance, he spoke cruelly to his wife, and he even committed acts of violence against her. The narrator mentions that he had a cat named Pluto with which he established a "friendship." At first, he did not harm the cat, but after the "fury of a demon instantly possessed [him]," he took the poor cat by the throat and cut one of its...

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