The first glimpse of the building of the building, a sense of insufferable gloom prevaded my spirit. I say unsufferable; for the feeling was unrelieved by any of that half-pleasuable, because poetic, sentiment, with which the mind usually revives even the sternest natural images of the desolate or terrible.
I shall perish , I must perish in this deplorable folly. Thus, thus, and not otherwise, shall I be lost. I dread tive on earth.
Roderick, what makes you feel that way?
It could be traced back to a long illness that has been in my family for generations, as I am speaking for my sister Madeline.
Her decease, with a bitterness which I can never forget, would leave me the last of the ancient race of the Ushers.
But, as I placed my hand upon his shoulder, there came a strong shudder over his whole person; a sickly smile quivered about his lips; and I saw that he spoke in a low, hurried, and gibbering murmur, as if unconscious of my presence.