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  1. Oct 2020
  2. Dec 2015
    1. She referred to the high-rise as if it were some kind of huge animate presence, brooding overthem and keeping a magisterial eye on the events taking place. There was something in thisfeeling — the elevators pumping up and down the long shafts resembled pistons in the chamberof a heart. The residents moving along the corridors were the cells in a network of arteries,the lights in their apartments the neurones of a brain (J.G. Ballard, 1975: 40).

      This description gives me the creeps.. Makes me think of Edgar Allen Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart" for some reason

  3. Nov 2015
    1. this is no human hair.”


    2. something altogether irreconcilable with our common notions of human action,

      Something un-human may have done this

    3. if we are to suppose gold the motive of this outrage, we must also imagine the perpetrator so vacillating an idiot as to have abandoned his gold and his motive together.

      So maybe the gold was not the motive...maybe there was no motive. There isn't always a reason for tragedies.

    4. men, at times, find themselves upon the brink of remembrance without being able, in the end, to remember.

      Like when you walk into a room to get something and completely forget what you went in there to got...even thigh you were thinking of it the minute before

    5. Madame and Mademoiselle L’Espanaye were not destroyed by spirits.

      No magic here

    6. in whose tones, even, denizens of the five great divisions of Europe could recognise nothing familiar!

      So the voice heard was clearly not of a language that Europeans are familiar with

    7. and where both the deceased still lay

      That seems odd...shouldn't those bodies be taken care of by now?

    8. He impaired his vision by holding the object too close.

      You gotta get some distance to gain perspective sometimes

    9. if indeed a murder has been committed at all.

      Uh it definitely sounds like a murder...

    10. No woman could have inflicted the blows with any weapon.

      You don't know that...it could've been done by a very strong woman

    11. The face was fearfully discolored, and the eye-balls protruded. The tongue had been partially bitten through. A large bruise was discovered upon the pit of the stomach, produced, apparently, by the pressure of a knee.


    12. Thinks it the voice of a Russian.

      Lets just throw another language in there

    13. Appeared to be that of a German.

      Okay no one has any idea what they're talking about. All these languages mentioned sound very different.

    14. Had checked for nothing until the third day before her death, when she took out in person the sum of 4000 francs.


    15. of a Frenchman.

      Now French too??

    16. Was not acquainted with the Italian language.

      So how could you possibly think the voice belonged to an Italian?

    17. was that of an Italian.

      Italian & Spanish are two very different languages

    18. Was positive that it was not a woman’s voice.

      How? You can't see the person talking. Voices can be deceiving

    19. The shrieks were continued until the gate was forced—and then suddenly ceased.


    20. No one was spoken of as frequenting the house.

      Strange that they are so secluded

    21. The old lady was childish.

      How so?

    22. Madame L. told fortunes for a living

      Interesting occupation

    23. with her throat so entirely cut that, upon an attempt to raise her, the head fell off.

      Wow...that's aggressive

    24. the corpse of the daughter, head downward, was dragged therefrom; it having been thus forced up the narrow aperture for a considerable distance.


    25. the door of which, being found locked, with the key inside, was forced open,

      So whoever caused the disturbance did not come in through the the door

    26. I was then sure that you reflected upon the diminutive figure of Chantilly.

      This guy is brilliant if he can follow another person's thoughts like that

    27. or penning any romance.

      I was honestly starting to wonder...

    28. the fancy of a double Dupin—the creative and the resolvent.

      Dual personality?

    29. To observe attentively is to remember distinctly

      Makes sense...basically make sure you pay attention

    1. whose informing voice had consigned me to the hangman.

      Karma in the form of a cat?

    2. and here, through the mere phrenzy of bravado, I rapped heavily, with a cane which I held in my hand, upon that very portion of the brick-work behind which stood the corpse of the wife of my bosom.


    3. I burned to say if but one word, by way of triumph, and to render doubly sure their assurance of my guiltlessness.

      He's getting too cocky...

    4. Having procured mortar, sand, and hair, with every possible precaution, I prepared a plaster which could not be distinguished from the old, and with this I very carefully went over the new brickwork.

      It seems like this would've taken a lot of thought/work/planning...maybe premeditated?

    5. I withdrew my arm from her grasp and buried the axe in her brain. She fell dead upon the spot, without a groan.

      She was uncomplaining til the end...

    6. my uncomplaining wife, alas! was the most usual and the most patient of sufferers.

      I would start complaining if I were her...

    7. I started, hourly, from dreams of unutterable fear, to find the hot breath of the thing upon my face

      This is why cats are creepy

    8. of the GALLOWS!

      Ahhhhhhh! Not the gallows!

    9. yes, even in this felon’s cell,

      Soo he's in prison

    10. was the discovery, on the morning after I brought it home, that, like Pluto, it also had been deprived of one of its eyes.

      It took hime til the next morning to realize that one of the cat's eyes were missing?! How drunk is this guy?

    11. I soon found a dislike to it arising within me.

      Of course...

    12. for another pet of the same species, and of somewhat similar appearance, with which to supply its place.

      Why would you want to get another cat that looks just like the one you killed??

    13. I approached and saw, as if graven in bas relief upon the white surface, the figure of a gigantic cat. The impression was given with an accuracy truly marvellous. There was a rope about the animal’s neck.


    14. Most Merciful and Most Terrible God.

      Sounds like an enlightenment period view of God



    16. fled in extreme terror at my approach.

      Makes sense...

    17. The fury of a demon instantly possessed me. I knew myself no longer.

      Well that's one way to say it wasn't your fault

    18. from one of my haunts about town,

      Interesting way to put it

    19. for what disease is like Alcohol!

      Ah, okay so he was a drunk...

    20. I grew, day by day, more moody, more irritable, more regardless of the feelings of others.

      And what caused this change?

    21. Not that she was ever serious upon this point

      So she was just joking about the possibility of their cat being a witch

    22. We had birds, gold-fish, a fine dog, rabbits, a small monkey, and a cat.

      That's a lot of pets for two people

    23. Man.

      Why italics?

    24. With these I spent most of my time,

      Lack of human friends could have an effect later in life...

    25. mad am I not

      Are you sure?

  4. Mar 2015