The Fall of the House of Usher is a horror story written by Edgar Allan Poe and published in 1839 in Burton's Gentleman's Magazine. It is considered one of Poe's most important tales.
The Usher family belongs to the nobility and live in a mansion. They are known for their talent in the arts in general and in music in particular. It is a fairly old family but today there are only two members left alive: Roderick Usher and his sister Lady Madeline.
The story is told by a narrator whose name we do not know. This narrator receives a letter from his great childhood friend Roderick Usher. Roderick explains in the letter that he is very sick both physically and mentally and asks for help.
The narrator goes to visit his friend and try to help him but when he arrives at the Usher mansion everything becomes very strange. The mansion is in an almost abandoned state, very deteriorated and covered with fungi. The surrounding trees are dead, and the pond is silent.
The narrator tries to help Roderick regain his health. They read, paint and play music together but soon a tragic event will get in the way of Rodrick's recovery...
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I know not how it was—but, with the first glimpse of the building, a sense of insufferable gloom pervaded my spirit.
A valet, of stealthy step, thence conducted me, in silence, through many dark and intricate passages in my progress to the studio of his master.
A cadaverousness of complexion; an eye large, liquid and very luminous...finely molded chin, speaking, in its want of prominence, of a want of moral energy.