A tenderhearted man with a life-long love of animals begins to neglect, and even misuse, the domestic pets his wife has collected for his pleasure. Eventually, even his favourite, a large and beautiful black cat named Pluto is not immune to his master's maltreatment.
A pioneer of the short story genre, Edgar Allan Poe's stories typically captured themes of the macabre and included elements of the mysterious. His better-known stories include "The Fall of the House of Usher", "The Pit and the Pendulum", "The Murders in the Rue Morgue", "The Masque of the Red Death" and "The Tell-Tale Heart".
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For the most wild, yet most homely narrative which I am about to pen, I neither expect nor solicit belief. Mad indeed would I be to expect it, in a case where my very senses reject their own evidence....
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