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The Imp of the Perverse

Edgar Poe was born in Boston on January 19, 1809. That makes him Capricorn, on the cusp of Aquarius. His parents were David and Elizabeth Poe. David was born in Baltimore on July 18, 1784. Elizabeth Arnold came to the U.S. from England in 1796 and married David Poe after her first husband died in 1805. They had three children, Henry, Edgar, and Rosalie. The Imp of the Perverse is a short story. The narrator begins his story by explaining how he murdered a man using a candle that emitted a poisonous vapour: The victim enjoyed reading in bed at night and, using the candle for illumination, dies in his poorly ventilated room. No evidence is left behind, causing the coroner to believe the man's death is an act of God. In this case, The Narrator wants the reader to understand the definition of the word perverse as it pertains to the story. It's not what you would necessarily think, so it's a good thing the character included this exposition, complete with examples, to make sure we are all on the same page before the story begins. For the Narrator, perverse means doing or thinking something we know we shouldn't. It is a thought or action that goes against our natural instinct for survival and self-preservation. For example, you're standing at the edge of a cliff and suddenly have the urge to jump. Enjoy free online English audiobook “The Imp of the Perverse”, a breathtaking novel by Edgar Allan Poe.

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