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Editor’s Note: In the short story “The Black Cat” by Edgar Allen Poe (1809-1849), the narrator, facing the gallows the next day, tells the story of his downfaall It began with drunkenness and perverssenes leading to his hanging of his black cat, Pluto. When another black cat appears and follows him everywhere, he loathes the creature. Beneath the pressure of torments such as these, the feeble remnant of the good within me succumbed. Evil thoughts became my sole intimates—the darkest and most evil...

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