The Fall of the House of Usher

the fall of the house of usher edger Allan Poe

In the description of the exterior of the house, which words suggest the presence of decay in the structure itself?

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The narrator sees a "fissure" or crack that compromises the structural integrity of the house.

Perhaps the eye of a scrutinising observer might have discovered a barely perceptible fissure, which, extending from the roof of the building in front, made its way down the wall in a zigzag direction, until it became lost in the sullen waters of the tarn.