Sunday, November 4, 2007

The Black Cat



[...]Pluto --this was the cat's name --was my favorite pet and playmate. I alone fed him, and he attended me wherever I went about the house. It was even with difficulty that I could prevent him from following me through the streets.

Our friendship lasted, in this manner, for several years, during which my general temperament and character --through the instrumentality of the Fiend Intemperance --had (I blush to confess it) experienced a radical alteration for the worse. I grew, day by day, more moody, more irritable, more regardless of the feelings of others. I suffered myself to use intemperate language to my At length, I even offered her personal violence. My pets, of course, were made to feel the change in my disposition. I not only neglected, but ill-used them. For Pluto, however, I still retained sufficient regard to restrain me from maltreating him, as I made no scruple of maltreating the rabbits, the monkey, or even the dog, when by accident, or through affection, they came in my way. But my disease grew upon me --for what disease is like Alcohol! --and at length even Pluto, who was now becoming old, and consequently somewhat peevish --even Pluto began to experience the effects of my ill temper.

One night, returning home, much intoxicated, from one of my haunts about town, I fancied that the cat avoided my presence. I seized him; when, in his fright at my violence, he inflicted a slight wound upon my hand with his teeth. The fury of a demon instantly possessed me. I knew myself no longer. My original soul seemed, at once, to take its flight from my body; and a more than fiendish malevolence, gin-nurtured, thrilled every fiber of my frame. I took from my waistcoat-pocket a pen-knife, opened it, grasped the poor beast by the throat, and deliberately cut one of its eyes from the socket! I blush, I burn, I shudder, while I pen the damnable atrocity. [...]

continue

7 comments:

Μαρία said...

Υπέροχη μουσική!!!! Καλημέρες κι από δω :-)

elafini said...

καλώς την...μου κάνεις και ποδαρικό μιας και αργα χθες το βραδυ μου ήρθε η ιδέα γι'αυτό το μπλογκ...
(αν σου άρεσε αυτό θα σου αρέσει και η τουλίπα τότε...σκοτεινή εξίσου...στα λινκ μου)

καλημέρα :)

JustAnotherGoneOff said...

Psycho: all time classic!

elafini said...

αξεπέραστες οι δοξαριές ε?

Μαρία said...

και η μαύρη γάτα και η τουλίπα έχουν προστεθεί στα αγαπημένα, δεν το συζητάμε :-) Εύχομαι το ποδαρικό μου να είναι καλό! :-) (η μουσική υπόκρουση είναι απίστευτη... )

elafini said...

σ'ευχαριστώ Μαρία :)

Bernard Herrmann - Psycho Theme

X-ray said...

niaou, αγαπημένοι μου, ο poe και οι γατούλες. Ειδικά οι μάυρες.