The Fall of the House of Usher


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  • The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe
  • During the whole of a dull, dark and soundless day in the autumn of the year, when  the clouds hung oppressively low in the heavens,  I had been passing alone...through a singularly dreary tract of country... I found myself, as the shades of evening drew on, within view of the melancholy House of Usher."
  • "I was now going to spend several weeks in this house of sadness —this house of gloom. Its owner was named Roderick Usher. We had been friends when we were boys; but many years had passed since our last meeting. ..
  • "I feel that the period will sooner or later arrive when I must abandon life and reason together, in some struggle with the grim phantasm, FEAR." Clearly, Poe has chosen the "grim phantasm, FEAR" 
  • "...I stopped my horse beside the building, on the edge of a dark and quiet lake. There, I could see reflected in the water a clear picture of the dead trees, and of the house and its empty eye-like windows.the house and its empty eye-like windows."
  • A letter from him had reached me, a wild letter which demanded that I reply by coming to see him. He wrote of an illness of the  body — of a sickness of the mind — and of a desire to see me..."  he...met me with a warmth which at first I could not believe was real. "
  • While he spoke, the lady Madeline passed slowly through a distant part of the room, and without seeing that I was there, went on...The illness...had long been beyond the help of her doctors. She seemed to care about nothing. Slowly her body had grown thin and weak, and often for a short period she would fall into a sleep like the sleep of the dead.  
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