The Man of the Crowd – E.A. Poe

I invite and encourage you to decipher this ending paragraph of the short story, ‘The Man of the Crowd,’ written by Edgar Allan Poe.

The Man of the Crowd

‘This old man,’ I said at length,’ is the type and the genius of deep crime. He refuses to be alone. He is the man of the crowd. It will be in vain to follow; for I shall learn no more of him, nor of his deeds. The worst heart of the world is a grosser book than the “Hortulus Animae,” and perhaps it is but one of the great mercies of God that es lasst sich nicht lesen.’   -E.A. Poe

Enjoy,

Matt

5 thoughts on “The Man of the Crowd – E.A. Poe

  1. Well, I haven’t read the story. But I got the feeling the man writing the story was actually talking about the darker side of himself. He is actually the man in the crowd. That was my first impression.

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