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The Tell-Tale Heart

The Tell-Tale Heart


by Edgar Allan Poe

The Old Man Timeline and Summary

  • For seven nights the old man sleeps soundly while the narrator spies on him.
  • On the eighth night the old man hears the narrator at his door and wakes up.
  • He waits in fear until he's pulled to the floor by the narrator. Then his bed is pulled on top of him.
  • His arms, legs, and head are cut off, and then his body buried beneath the floor.
  • His dead heart begins to beat more and more loudly until it drives the narrator to confess the deed.