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The Tell-Tale Heart shirt

  • The Tell-Tale Heart
  • Based on the classic Edgar Allan Poe story
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The Tell-Tale Heart shirt Product Description

The Tell-Tale Heart is Edgar Allan Poe's classic story of murder and paranoia. The narrator of the story tells us how he suffers from an acuteness of the senses, and how he is distressed by the pale blue vulture-like eye of the old man he lives with. Each night, he peeks into the old man's room with a shaded lantern, until finally, one night, the old man sits up in terror. The narrator opens his lamp slightly allowing the light to fall only on the blind vulture eye, and listens to the old man's loudly beating heart, before leaping forward and smothering him. The narrator cuts up the body, and buries it under the floorboards, over which he later boldly entertains three police officers, at least until the loud beating of the dead man's heart causes a frantic confession. This shirt, printed in white and red, shows the old man, awake in terror, his vulture eye illuminated by a ray of light, and an image of the still beating heart beneath the floorboards. Above the words, "The Tell-Tale Heart," is a quote from the story: "...A simple dim ray, like the thread of the spider, shot from out the crevice and fell full upon the vulture eye." Beneath, is the frenzied confession: "'Villains!' I shrieked. 'Dissemble no more! I admit the deed! - Tear up the planks! Here, here! - It is the beating of his hideous heart!'"


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