The narrator arrives at The House of Usher after recieveing a letter.
"Dark, dull, and soundless day"...
"the somber tapestries of the walls, the ebon blackness of the floors..."
The narrator meets his old friend. Roderick is going through a rough time and his sister is ill.
"At the request of Usher, I personally aided him in the arrangements for the temporary entombment."
Believeing his sister is dead, they attempt to perserve the body in a dungeon in the lower level of the house.
"The impetuous fury of the entering gust nearly lifted us from our feet. It was, indeed, a tempestuous yet sternly beautiful night, and one wildly singular in its terror and its beauty. A whirlwind had apparently collected its force in our vicinity."
The narrator grabs a nearby book and begins to read to his friend. A storm begins to stir and it frightens Roderick.
"but then without those doors there DID stand the lofty and enshrouded figure of the lady Madeline of Usher."
Lady Usher returns from the dead, they had burried her alive!
"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"
Amongst the chaos, the fissure widens and the house of Usher falls.