The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe

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Why did the old man stay up for so long without calling for help in "The Tell-Tale Heart"?

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On the eighth night, the mentally deranged narrator sneaks into the old man's room and attempts to open the lantern when the old man suddenly wakes up. The narrator claims that he stood perfectly still for an entire hour while the old man stayed up intently listening. The narrator also mentions that he could hear the old man moan and that he understood his feelings of terror and helplessness. After remaining perfectly still for an extended period of...

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