The Tell-Tale Heart



This is a brief selection from the Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe, the climax in which the narrator loses his mind and reveals his murderous crime to the investigators who have come to visit.

Vocal Characteristics



Voice Age

Middle Aged (35-54)


North American (General) North American (US General American - GenAM)


Note: Transcripts are generated using speech recognition software and may contain errors.
no doubt I now grew very pale, but I talked more fluently and with a heightened voice. Yet the sound increased, and what could I do? It was a low, dull, quick sound, much, such a sound as a watch makes when enveloped in cotton! I gasped for breath, and yet the officers heard it not. I talked more quickly more vehemently. But the noise steadily increased. I arose and argued about trifles in a high key, and with violent gesticulations. The noise steadily increased. Why would they not be gone? I paced the floor to and fro with heavy strides, as if excited to fury by the observations of the men. But the noise steadily increased. Oh, God! What could I do? I phoned. I raved. I swore. I swung the chair upon which I had been sitting and grated it upon the boards. But the noise arose over all, and continually increased. It grew louder, louder, louder, and still. The men chatted pleasantly, and smiled. Was it possible they heard not Almighty! God, no, no! They heard. They suspected they knew they were making a mockery of my horror. This, I thought, and this, I think. But anything was better than this agony. Anything was more tolerable than this derision! I could bear those hypocritical smiles no longer. I felt that I must scream or die! And now again! Hark louder! Louder, louder, louder villains! I shrieked, dissemble! No more! I admit the deed tear up the planks! Here! Here it is the beating of his hideous heart