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by Edgar Allan Poe

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An unnamed protagonist (the Narrator) is summoned to the remote mansion of his boyhood friend, Roderick Usher. Filled with a sense of dread by the sight of the house itself, the Narrator reunites with his old companion, who is suffering from a strange mental illness and whose sister Madeline is near death due to a mysterious disease. The Narrator provides company to Usher while he paints and plays guitar, spending all his days inside, avoiding the sunlight and obsessing over the sentience of the non-living. When Madeline dies, Usher decides to bury her temporarily in one of his house's large vaults. A few days later, however, she emerges from her provisional tomb, killing her brother while the Narrator flees for his life. The House of Usher…

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Posted By everton b #366248 at Apr 09, 2014 7:36 AM


Posted By sara s #364958 at Apr 03, 2014 3:04 PM

what had prepared him?

the narrator is stuck by rodericks excessive nervous agitation, however, he had been prepared for somthing like this.

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Posted By taylor m #364287 at Apr 01, 2014 8:34 AM