The Works of Edgar Allan Poe — Volume 3

By Edgar Allan Poe

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the
egregious oversight I had committed flashed suddenly upon my perception.
The blunder itself would have been unimportant, had not my own folly and
impetuosity rendered it otherwise--in my disappointment at not finding
some words upon the slip, I had childishly torn it in pieces and thrown
it away, it was impossible to say where.

From the worst part of this dilemma I was relieved by the sagacity of
Tiger. Having got, after a long search, a small piece of the note, I put
it to the dog’s nose, and endeavored to make him understand that he must
bring me the rest of it. To my astonishment, (for I had taught him none
of the usual tricks for which his breed are famous,) he seemed to enter
at once into my meaning, and, rummaging about for a few moments, soon
found another considerable portion. Bringing me this, he paused awhile,
and, rubbing his nose against my hand, appeared to be waiting for
my approval of what he had done. I patted him on the head, when he
immediately made off again. It was now some minutes before he came
back--but when he did come, he brought with him a large slip, which
proved to be all the paper missing--it having been torn, it seems,
only into three pieces. Luckily, I had no trouble in finding what few
fragments of the phosphorus were left--being guided by the indistinct
glow one or two of the particles still emitted. My difficulties had
taught me the necessity of caution, and I now took time to reflect upon
what I was about to do. It was very probable, I considered, that some
words were written upon that side of the paper which had not been
examined--but which side was that? Fitting the pieces together gave me
no clew in this respect, although it assured me that the words (if there
were any) would be found all on one side, and connected in a proper
manner, as written. There was the greater necessity of ascertaining the
point in question beyond a doubt, as the phosphorus remaining would be
altogether insufficient for a third attempt, should I fail in the one I
was now about to make. I placed the paper on a book as before, and sat
for some minutes thoughtfully revolving the matter over in my mind. At
last I thought it barely possible that the written side might have
some unevenness on its surface, which a delicate sense of feeling might
enable me to detect. I determined to make the experiment and passed
my finger very carefully over the

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" Presently my soul grew stronger; hesitating then no longer, "Sir," said I, "or Madam, truly your forgiveness I implore; But the fact is I was napping, and so gently you came rapping, And so faintly you came tapping, tapping at my chamber door, That I scarce was sure I heard you"--here I opened wide the door-- Darkness there and nothing more.
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obeisance made he; not a minute stopped or stayed he, But, with mien of lord or lady, perched above my chamber door-- Perched upon a bust of Pallas just above my chamber door-- Perched, and sat, and nothing more.
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" This I sat engaged in guessing, but no syllable expressing To the fowl whose fiery eyes now burned into my bosom's core; This and more I sat divining, with my head at ease reclining On the cushion's velvet lining that the lamp-light gloated o'er, But whose velvet violet lining with the lamp-light gloating o'er _She_ shall press, ah, nevermore! Then, methought, the air grew denser, perfumed from an unseen censer Swung by Seraphim whose foot-falls tinkled on the tufted floor.
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" "Prophet!" said I, "thing of evil!--prophet still, if bird or devil! By that Heaven that bends above us--by that God we both adore-- Tell this soul with sorrow laden if, within the distant Aidenn, It shall clasp a sainted maiden whom the angels name Lenore-- Clasp a rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore.
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The scarlet stains upon the body and especially upon the face of the victim, were the pest ban which shut him out from the aid and from the sympathy of his fellow-men.
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But in the western or black chamber the effect of the fire-light that streamed upon the dark hangings through the blood-tinted panes, was ghastly in the extreme, and produced so wild a look upon the countenances of those who entered, that there were few of the company bold enough to set foot within its precincts at all.
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There were arabesque figures with unsuited limbs and appointments.
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And the revel went whirlingly on, until at length there commenced the sounding of midnight upon the clock.
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But from a certain nameless awe with which the mad assumptions of the mummer had inspired the whole party, there were found none who put forth hand to seize him; so that, unimpeded, he passed within a yard of the prince's person; and, while the vast assembly, as if with one impulse, shrank from the centres of the rooms to the walls, he made his way uninterruptedly, but with the same solemn and measured step which had distinguished him.
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There was a sharp cry--and the dagger dropped gleaming upon the sable carpet, upon which, instantly afterwards, fell prostrate in death the Prince Prospero.
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" "Amontillado!" "And I must satisfy them.
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We will go back; you will be ill, and I cannot be responsible.
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"Then you are not of the brotherhood.
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"Proceed," I said; "herein is the Amontillado.
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I thrust a torch through the remaining aperture and let it fall within.
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For the half of a century no mortal has disturbed them.