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Did the narrator first respond to Roderick Usher with anger or disregard? 

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pebbles08 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 26, 2007 at 4:39 AM via web

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Did the narrator first respond to Roderick Usher with anger or disregard?


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renelane | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted November 26, 2007 at 7:10 AM (Answer #1)

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The narrator treats Roderick's panic with something like disregard. He knows his friend is disturbed and does not believe there is anything to worry about.

When Roderick insists to the narrator that there is something outside, the narrator assumes that Roderick only saw some sort of electrical activity resulting from the weather.

He tries to divert his attention and agitated state with some readings. The narrator reads to him despite Roderick's fidgeting and obvious distress. The narrator hears noises during his reading, but does not give them much thought.

The narrator is finally aware of something wrong when Roderick stands up and shouts that Madeline is there. Madeline is definitely there, in her bloody shroud, and falls on her brother.

The narrator runs from the house as it literally disintegrates.

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