The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe

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What was it like for the old man sitting in bed thinking someone was in the room with him? What were his thoughts?

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It is interesting to think about how the old man felt about narrator creeping into his room on the eighth night—the night the old man is murdered.

We know from the narrator's detailed description that he was very, very slow and quiet about entering the room. However, it's not hard to imagine that the old man, whether or not he was asleep, sensed something was wrong, for the moment the narrator's thumb slips on the tin lantern fastening, making a noise, the old man immediately sits up in bed and cries, "Who's there?"

The narrator...

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