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The Black Cat
by Edgar Allan Poe
The Narrator Timeline and Summary
We meet the man in his jail cell writing the story of his life, the day before he's scheduled to be executed. As a youth he was mellow and kind. He loved animals and his favorite thing was spending time with them. When he marries a woman who also likes animals, they get many pets, including a big, black cat named Pluto. He and Pluto have a great relationship. Even when the man starts drinking and starts verbally and physically abusing his wife and the other pets, he leaves Pluto alone. At first. When Pluto gets on his nerves, he cuts out one of his eyes. Not longer after, he hangs Pluto from a tree, killing him When his house burns down that night, the narrator loses all his wealth, and is forced to move. One night, while drinking, he meets a black that looks just like Pluto. It follows him home. This cat stays near the narrator all the time, and makes him crazy. When the cat follows the man and his wife down to the cellar of the old house they have to live in, he tries to kill it with an axe. His wife stops him and he kills her instead, walling up her body in the cellar. The police suspect the man of doing something to his wife, and search his house. When they are about to leave, he hits the wall behind which the dead body is hidden. The voice of the cat responds, and the police tear down the wall and find the body, with the black cat sitting on its head.