The Fall of the House of Usher

The long opening sentence immediately establishes a mood for the story. What physical details of the time and place accomplish this? What is the effect of using the word soundless to describe the day?

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"The Fall of the House of Usher" begins with one of Poe's most famous descriptions: "During the whole of a dull, dark, and soundless day in the autumn of the year . . . " The Narrator is describing his arrival on horseback at Roderick Usher's isolated abode one dreary evening. Immediately he feels an irrational fear upon viewing the huge, decrepit house. Among the mansion's singular features are windows which resemble eyes and a fissure in the stone zig-zagging its way through the facade.