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After getting a letter from his old childhood friend, Rodrick Usher, the narrator approaches the once magnificent House of Usher. "I scanned more narrowly the real aspect of the building... Minute fungi overspread the whole exterior...barely perceptible fissure, which, extending from the roof...made its way down the wall in a zig zag direction." (15-16) The house is described as a gloomy, fungi covered house that gives an ominous mood.
"dark draperies hung upon the walls. the general furniture was profuse, comfortless, antique, and tattered... I felt that I breathed an atmosphere of sorrow." (16) When the narrator walks into the house, immediately the furniture and dark draperies give a dark, eerie feeling.
"lady madeline passed slowly through a remote portion of the apartment, and without noticing my presence, disappeared. I regarded her with an utter astonishment not unmingled with dread." (19) As she passed by, the narrator had a feeling of dread creating an unsettling feeling for the reader.
As Usher and the narrator are putting Lady Madeline in the vault, the narrator describes her as, "the mockery of a faint blush upon the bosom and the face, and that suspiciously lingering smile which is so terrible in death," (24) The author describes the dead women in a way that will send chills down our spine by using the word suspiciously as if there was a way she was still alive.
"there was blood upon her white robes, and the evidence of bitter struggle upon every portion of her emaciated frame. For a moment she remained trembling and reeling to and fro upon the threshold-then with a low moaning cry fell heavily inward upon the person of her bother," (30) This scene gives a mood of anxiety and discomfort because of the unnatural characteristics of being buried alive and being able to escape given to Lady Madeline.
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