Alas! I shouldn’t have neglected him for such a long time. How could I have been such a fool and disregard his nightly presence! Taking him for granted! Most regrettably, I did, indeed.
Fool is me indeed; Even more woe is me!
It is only natural though that he was aggravated. - I’m guessing he still is - mute!
I kept my silence, for discretion is the better part of valour.
But for how long?
"Villains!" I shrieked, "dissemble no more! I admit the deed! -- tear up the planks! -- here, here! -- it is the beating of his hideous heart!"