The Question and Answer section for The Fall of the House of Usher is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Roderick is an old friend who is convalescing (sick). He wants the narrator to come visit to lift his spirits.
Which passage are you referring to?
When the narrator first sees Usher's home, he sees nothing but a decrepit, decaying, mass..... it is gloomy.... and he is filled with a sense of dread. The gloomy sight that greets him sets the dark and dreary mood that will permeate the rest of...