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Plot in The Murders in the Rue Morgue

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The Murders in the Rue Morgue

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"Dupin said the last words in a very low tone, and very quietly. Just as quietly, too, he walked toward the door, locked it, and put the key in his pocket. He then drew a pistol from his bosom and placed it, without the least flurry, upon the table..."   (The Murders in the Rue Morgue)

Notice how Poe intensifies the dramatic tension during the scene in which the full explanation of what happened on the night of the murders is provided. Dupin and his friend, the narrator, are now armed with three loaded pistols and Dupin has locked the door to prevent the sailor from trying to escape.

"As for these murders, let us enter into some examinations for ourselves, before we make up an opinion respecting them. An inquiry will afford us amusement,” (I thought this an odd term, so applied, but said nothing) “and, besides, Le Bon once rendered me a service for which I am not ungrateful. We will go and see the premises with our own eyes. I know G—, the Prefect of Police, and shall have no difficulty in obtaining the necessary permission..."   (The Murders in the Rue Morgue)

This paragraph contains some of the major conventions of detective fiction. The detective is initially motivated by curiosity or by a fee, but his motivation is complicated by his getting personally involved with one of the principals, in this case Le Bon. The private or amateur detective is able to investigate crimes, question people, and view crime scenes "with his own eyes" because he has an aegis, an important official who gives him permission because he has been useful to that official in the past.

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