Edgar Poe. The Black Cat (in English, adapted for intermediate)

Page 4. Words to know:

  1. grasp — схватить
  2. corpse — труп
  3. make up one’s mind – принять решение
  4. wall up — замуровать
  5. suspicious — подозрительный
  6. cause — причина
  7. hideous — отвратительный
  8. breathe — дышать
  9. guilt — вина
  10. search — обыскивать
  11. secure — безопасный
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suffer from (sufferer), creature, irritated (irritation), deed, plaster

One day my wife accompanied me into the cellar of the old building where we lived. The cat followed us downstairs and got between my feet so I was about to fall down the steep stairs. In fury I grasped the axe and aimed a blow at the animal. My wife tried to stop me but I became mad and buried the axe in her brain. She fell dead upon the floor.

After I killed my wife, I started thinking where to hide the body. I knew that I could not remove it from the house, either by day or by night because my neighbours would definitely see me. At first, I thought of cutting the corpse into fragments and destroying them by fire. Then I wanted to dig a grave for it in the floor in the cellar. Then I decided to throw it in the well in the yard. Finally, I made up my mind to wall it up in the cellar.

In one of the walls there was a niche that was hidden by bricks and covered by plaster. I could readily displace the bricks at this point, put the corpse there, and wall the whole up as before, so that no eye could see anything suspicious.

It was a good idea. I easily displaced the bricks and carefully put the body incide the niche against the inner wall. Then I put the bricks back and covered the new wall with a plaster, which was the same as the old. When I had finished, I felt glad that all was done. The wall looked the same. I removed the rubbish from the floor and said to myself— «At last the thing is over.»
My next step was to look for the cat which was the cause of this murder; as at that moment I made up my mind to put it to death. But the cat disappeared. I was happy not to see this evil creature that made me do such a hideous murder.

The second and the third day passed and still the cat did not appear. I breathed as a free man. The monster, in terror, had left me forever! My happiness was great! The guilt of my dark deed disturbed me but little.

The police searched for my wife but of course the body was not found. I looked upon my future as secured.

4 thoughts on “Edgar Poe. The Black Cat (in English, adapted for intermediate)
  1. Саша says:

    Добавьте еще книги новых авторов. Недавно прочитал серию о путешествиях Lewis Foreman. Мне понравилось оформление и повторение слов в рассказах.

    • Tatiana says:

      Здравствуйте! Рада, что вы читаете истории на сайте) Каждый рассказ мы адаптируем сами, поэтому добавить книги не так просто!

  2. Алексей says:

    Спасибо вам за истории!

    • Tatiana says:

      Спасибо вам, что читаете!

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