When the narrator opens the door and looks out in "The Raven," he half expects to find what?

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When he hears a "rapping, rapping" at his chamber door, the narrator says he thinks it is "nothing more" than a visitor. However, as he stands in his room listening to what he calls "the fantastic terrors," such as the rustling of his curtains, he begins to feel afraid. The second time he says it is nothing more than a visitor, he sounds like he is trying to convince himself that there is nothing behind the door that can hurt him. He doesn't say what he expects, but when he opens the door to reveal nothing but darkness, he calls out the name "Lenore"—the woman whose death the narrator seems to be mourning.

Later in the poem, the narrator asks the raven whether he will be reunited with Lenore in heaven.

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I wonder if you are having trouble with this because it does not actually say what the narrator expects at the moment he opens the door.  It says earlier what he expects.

In the 4th stanza, the narrator opens the door but sees only darkness.  So what was he expecting?

First, look at the fact that he's talking as he opens it -- speaking to "Sir ... or Madam."  So he's expecting a person.

Earlier in the poem, starting with the first stanza, we see that the narrator thinks that it must be some late-night visitor.

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