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  • The Narrator Arrives
  • The Narrator Sees Usher for the first time in forever
  • Usher Shows Narrator His Art
  • "I looked upon the scene before me-upon the mere house. and the simple landscape features of the domain-upon the bleak walls...what was it that so unnerved me in the contemplation of the House of Usher?" (14). In this section the narrator describes the dreariness of the house he had once known and what could have happened to cause this change.
  • Madelines Resting Place
  • "It was with difficulty that I could bring myself to admit the identity of the wan being before me with the companion of my early boyhood...a cadaverousness of complexion...made up all together a countenance not easily to be forgotten" (17). After not seeing one of his boyhood friends for a long period of time the narrator is shocked to see the altered state of his close friend.
  • The Last Breath
  • "A small picture presented the interior of an immensely long and rectangular vault or tunnel, with low walls, smooth, white and without interruption or device...and bathed the whole in a ghastly and inappropriate splendor" (20). Roderick shows the narrator of some art he has, the art though can be seen to foreshadow an event later on.
  • "...I learned that the deceased and himself had been twins...Our glances however, rested not long upon the dead-for we could not regard her unawed...the mockery of a faint blush upon the bosom and the face" (24). The narrator notices some possible signs that Madeline could still be alive, but just keeps to himself.
  • "It was the work of the rushing gust-but then without those doors 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 bitter struggle upon every portion of her emaciated frame" (30). Madeline was alive after all and came back to finish it all.
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