Pluto, the cat, was "a remarkably large and beautiful animal, entirely black, and sagacious to an astonishing degree." As the narrator remembers Pluto, he also remembers something that his wife once said about all black cats being witches in disguise according to "some ancient popular notion." He never really believed she was about this point, and he is not quite sure why he remembers it now.
Pluto had not a white hair upon any portion of his body; but this cat had a large, although indefinite splotch of white, covering nearly the whole region of the breast." The cat responded by purring loudly, and the narrator talked to the owner of the tavern about purchasing the cat; however, "this person made no claim to it--knew nothing of it--had never seen it before."
Yet, mad am I not--and very surely do I not dream.
The falling of the other walls had compressed the victim of [the man's cruel deed] into the substance of the freshly-spread plaster; the lime...with the flames, and the from the carcass...[had created the hideous image in the wall]."
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Three of the men were convicted and sentenced to between four and eight years in prison in May 2006, and two of the convicted, BjÃ¸rn Hoen and Petter Tharaldsen, were also ordered to pay compensation of 750 million kroner (roughly US$117.
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The fury of a demon instantly possessed [the man]." He took a penknife from his waistcoat pocket, "and deliberately cut one of its eyes from the socket!" When morning came, the narrator saw what he had done to the poor creature on the previous night.
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Although the paintings remained missing, six men went on trial in early 2006, variously charged with either helping to plan or participating in the robbery.
[He] had walled the monster up within the tomb."
"The socket of the lost eye presented...a frightful appearance...." The narrator unable to deal with the results of his own actions, "soon drown in wine all memory of the deed."
Pluto, as he was called, was the narrator's favorite pet.
He went about the house as usual, but as might be expected, fled in extreme terror at [the narrator's] approach." At first the man was somewhat grieved by the cat's actions; however, this feeling turned into irritation.
He alone fed him, and Pluto followed the narrator wherever he went.
On 8 April 2005, Norwegian police arrested a suspect in connection with the theft, but the paintings remained missing and it was rumored that they had been burned by the thieves to destroy evidence.