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The Fall of the House of Usher
Updated: 9/9/2020
The Fall of the House of Usher
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  • "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,"(The Fall of the House of Usher, para. 1)
  • Madeline
  • "Perhaps the eye of a scrutinising observer might have discovered a barely perceptible fissure, which, extending from the roof of the building in front, made its way down the wall in a zigzag direction, until it became lost in the sullen waters of the tarn,"(The Fall of the House of Usher, para. 5)
  • Madeline
  • "a tenderly beloved sister... his last and only relative on earth. 'Her decease,' he said, with a bitterness which I can never forget, 'would leave him (him the hopeless and the frail) the last of the ancient race of the Ushers.' While he spoke, the lady Madeline (for so was she called) passed slowly through a remote portion of the apartment, and, without having noticed my presence, disappeared,"(The Fall of the House of Usher, para. 13)
  • "one evening, having informed me abruptly that the lady Madeline was no more, he stated his intention of preserving her corpse for a fortnight... in one of the numerous vaults within the main walls of the building. The worldly reason, however, assigned for this singular proceeding, was one which I did not feel at liberty to dispute. The brother had been led to his resolution... and of the remote and exposed situation of the burial-ground of the family,"(The Fall of the House of Usher, para. 27)
  • "Having deposited our mournful burden upon tressels within this region of horror, we partially turned aside the yet unscrewed lid of the coffin, and looked upon the face of the tenant. A striking similitude between the brother and sister now first arrested my attention... Our glances, however, rested not long upon the dead --for we could not regard her unawed,"(The Fall of the House of Usher, para. 29)
  • "The radiance... which now shone vividly through that once barely-discernible fissure of which I have before spoken as extending from the roof of the building, in a zig-zag direction, to the base. While I gazed, this fissure rapidly widened --there came a fierce breath of the whirlwind... my brain reeled as I saw the mighty walls rushing asunder --there was a long tumultuous shouting sound like the voice of a thousand waters,"(The Fall of the House of Usher, para. 48)
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