Tell Tale Heart Vocabulary

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Vocabulary: The Tell Tale Heart Acute: “Above all was the sense of hearing acute.” * Highly developed; keen * The character has developed a keen sense of hearing Conceived: “But once conceived, it haunted me day and night.” * Form or devise (a plan or idea) in the mind * When the idea first entered the characters mind Dissimulation: “With what dissimulation I went to work. I was never kinder to the old man more than during the whole week before I killed him.” * Concealment of one's thoughts and feelings * Character concealed his true feelings towards the old man so as to not create suspicion Cunningly: “I thrust in my head. Oh, you would have laughed to see how cunningly I thrust it in!” * With skill Triumph: “I could scarcely contain my feelings of triumph.” * A great victory or achievement * Character feels powerful Mortal: “Presently I heard a slight groan, and I knew it was the groan of mortal terror” * A living being subject to death Concealment: “the wise precautions I took for the concealment of the body.” * The character described how he hid the body Distinct: “The ringing became more distinct: —it continued and became more distinct.” * Recognizably different in nature from something else of a similar type Furious: “It was open—wide, wide open—and I grew furious as I gazed upon it.” * The character describes how he would get angry when he would see the eye Amid: “And now at the dead hour of the night, amid the dreadful silence of that old house” * In the middle of Vex: “This, however, did not vex me; it would not be heard through the wall.” * To make someone feel annoyed, frustrated, or worried Dissemble: “dissemble no more! I admit the deed!” * Conceal one's true motives, feelings, or beliefs Shrieked: “He shrieked once—once only” * To utter a
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