Edgar Allan Poe: this story's about a guy with a tortured soul
EAP's friend: again, huh
Poe: he thinks he sees a harbinger of evil, a demon sent to curse him for his wickedness!
EAP's friend: ...is it real
Poe: turns out it's a shadow or a stray dog or like, a spooky looking hat
EAP's friend: does it drive him ma--
Poe: it drives him mad