"Roderick Usher, had been one of my boon companions in boyhood. [...] a letter however had lately reached me in a distant part if the country-a letter from him."
"The fabric gave little token of instability. perhaps the eye of a scrutinizing observer might have discovered barley receptacle fissure."
"His voice varied rapidly from tremulous indecision to that species of energetic concision. "
the narrator recieves a letter from Roderick usher, inviting him to the family house in need of companionship during a dark time
. the narrator arrives at the house and is quick to notice the eeriness of it all. he notices a fissure in the facade. the narrator is greeted by Roderick, and he is shocked by the sickly state of Roderick. Roderick is emotionally disturbed an complains of a terrible acuteness in his senses.
"with a low moaning cry, fell heavily inward upon the person of her brother, and in her final and now death agonies, bore him to the floor a corpse, and a victim t the terrors he had anticipated"
Roderick reveals his sisters condition. but along with Madeline, Roderick's mental state starts to deteriorate. they decide to put Madeline in a vault in the lower level of the house. The narrator realizes as they are sealing her coffin that there is still a bright flush on her cheeks
"While I gazed the fissure rapidly widened.[...] my brain reeled as i saw the mighty walls rushing asunder.
"I dared not-I dared not speak! we have put her living in a tomb! said I not that my senses were acute?"
Roderick asks the narrator to read him the tale of a knight. As the plot of this story intensifies, the narrator hears terrific noises in the house. Roderick in a maniacal state reveals that he buried his sister alive.
the door of the chamber flies open and Madeline appears, corps like and covered in blood. she falls forward to Roderick and they die simultaneously
as the narrator flees the house, it began to crumble violently from the fissure. it became swallowed up by the tarn below it. the house that's drove many of the Ushers to madness and death ends with them.