ALAN: Tenor (also POLICE OFFICER ONE)
SHADOW EDGAR: Bass-baritone (also POLICE OFFICER TWO)
NEIGHBOR ONE: Soprano (also CRONE PRISONER)
NEIGHBOR TWO: Mezzo-soprano (also YOUNG PRISONER)
An unnamed narrator insists on his sanity after murdering an old man with a "vulture eye." The murder was carefully calculated, and the murderer hides the body by dismembering it and hiding it under the floorboards. Ultimately the narrator's guilt manifests itself in the hallucination that the man's heart is still beating under the floorboards.