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  • "During the whole of a dull, dark and soundless day… when the clouds hung oppressively low… I had been passing alone, on horseback… within the view of the melancholy House of Usher… a sense of insufferable gloom pervaded my spirit." (1) This starts the story off with a dark and gloomy mood, giving the readers a thrilling sense of curiosity on what happens next.
  • "He admitted... that much of a peculiar gloom which thus afflicted him could be traced...to the severe and long-continued illness- indeed to the evidently approaching dissolution- of a tenderly beloved sister- his sole companion for long years, his last and only relative on earth." (13) This gives us insight on what the rest of the story will be about and leaves a depressing mood.
  • "I had taken but a few turns in this manner, when a light step on an adjoining staircase arrested my attention. I presently recognized it as that of Usher." (26) Usher had entered the door in a calm manner but his whole demeanor had showed darkness in his eyes.
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