i know i’m supposed to be concentrating on the meat of the story, not picking at the garnish. however, i can’t get this inconsistency out of my head:

“on his rigid face there stood an expression of horror, and as it seemed to me, of hatred, such as i have never seen upon human features. this…

Really? Oooh, interesting. I don’t have an explanation, but you’re absolutely right: that is a curious inconsistency. I suppose I’d just put it down to the “romance” of the story: it makes a much better murder scene if the victim is strangely contorted rather than simply limp.