I could have clasped the red walls to my bosom as a garment of eternal peace. "Death," I said, "any death but that of the pit!" Fool! might I have not known that into the pit it was the object of the burning iron to urge me?
Edgar Allan Poe (2013). “The Tell-Tale Heart: And Other Stories - Purloined Letter, Descent into the Maelström, Von Kempelen and His Discovery, Mesmeric Revelation, Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar, Black Cat, Fall of the House of Usher, Masque of the Red Death and Many More”, p.255, Lulu Press, Inc