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lilmrsdavis09 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 26, 2008 at 7:46 AM via web

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In "The Fall of the House of Usher," what does the narrator "half expect to find" when he opens the chamber doors?

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renelane | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted March 26, 2008 at 11:35 PM (Answer #1)

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It is the eighth day after taking poor Madeline to the tomb beneath his bedroom, and the narrator is uneasy and on edge. He tries to calm himself by rationalizing that it is the atmosphere-the gloomy hallways and dark furniture that attribute to his mood.

Yet, on the stormy night, unable to sleep, he becomes aware of "certain low and indefinite sounds which came, through the pause of the storm, at long intervals, I knew not whence". Despite his attempts to calm himself, as he opens his door and looks out into the darkened hallway, he is subconsciously afraid of coming into contact with something sinister, like the ghost of Madeline. He does not voice a specific fear, yet since his uneasiness began after Madeline's death, it can be inferred.

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