Synopsis of the Recorded
A man is obsessed with the "evil
eye" of the old man for whom he works; it is this obsession that eventually
drives him to murder the old man.
For several nights the narrator waits
by the old man's bedroom door. Each night for seven nights he opens the door
very carefully, so as not to wake to old man, but each night the "evil
eye" is closed. On the eighth night he makes a noise, and finally sees the
eye open. In a sudden frenzy, he murders the old man and disposes the cut-up
corpse under the floor boards of the old man's bedroom.
When the police come to investigate a
scream heard by a neighbor, the murderer brings them into the house and invites
them to rest for awhile. So confident is the murderer that he places his chair
on the very spot where the corpse is buried. Soon, the murderer insanely
imagines that he can hear the beating of the old man's heart and becomes
convinced that the police also hear it. Panic overcomes him. Abruptly, he
confesses, telling the police to rip up the floor boards.