"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 on horseback through a singularly dreary tract of country; and at length found myself."
"There DID stand the lofty and enshrouded figure of the lady Madeline of Usher. There was blood upon her white robes, and the evidence of some better 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 brother, and her violent and now final death-agonies, bore him to the floor a corpse, and a victim to the terrors he had anticipated."
"A cantankerousness of complexion; in an eye large, liquid, and luminous beyond comparison; lips somewhat thin and very pallid, but of a surpassingly beautiful curve; a nose of a delicate Hebrew model, but with a breadth of nostril unusual in similar formations a finely molded chin, speaking, in its want of prominence of a want of moral energy; hair of a more than web-like softness and tenuity."
"For there were frequent and violent alterations in the direction of the wind; and the exceeding density of the clouds (which hung so low as to press upon the turrets of the house) did not prevent our perceiving the life-like velocity."
" A small picture presented the interior of an immensely long and rectangular vault or tunnel, with low walls, white, and without interruption or device." "No outlet was observed in any portion of its vast extent, and torch, or other artificial source of light was discernible."