Poe's Short Stories

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“True! Nervous, very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why Will you say that I am mad? The disease had sharpened my sense, not destroyed, not dulled them. Above all was the sense of hearing acute. “

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The narrator is intent upon conveying his emotional conditon. He blames his actions and nervousness on the situation and does not believe himself to be anything but completely sane.