What, he reasons, gives him the gloomy impression, and what does he do in the attempt to find a more pleasant picture of the house
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The house seems dilapidated and rotting, its principal feature seemed to be that of an excessive antiquity. The discoloration of ages had been great. Despite the sense the house was in bad condition, the narrator notes that some parts were still intact and beautiful,
No portion of the masonry had fallen; and there appeared to be a wild inconsistency between its still perfect adaptations of parts.....