1. The Tell-Tale Heart

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Tom Clements

acute

sensitive, heightened; sharp, pointed; severe

hearken

to listen

dissimulation

the act of hiding the truth

vex

to irritate, annoy

profound

intelligent

sagacity

shrewdness, intelligence

stifled

suppressed or held back

supposition

a hypothesis based on little evidence

stalk

to hunt, pursue

resolve

to determine or to make a firm decision about

stealthily

quietly and cautiously

acuteness

sharpness, severity

wane

to decrease gradually

scantling

a small piece of lumber

wary

careful cautious

suavity

smooth grace or politeness, courtesy

audacity

boldness, daring

repose

to lie dead

vehemently

strongly, urgently

trifle

something of slight worth or little importance

gesticulation

the act of making gestures

derision

mockery, ridicule

hypocritical

expressing feelings or virtues that one doesn't really have

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