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The Fall of the House of Usher

by Edgar Allan Poe

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Where does the storm start and or what exact words are used to let the reader know a storm has started? i need to know where exactly to use in an essay help please

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As far as I can tell, the storm starts well toward the end of the story.  It is after Roderick has played his music, after they have read all those books and even after Madeline has, apparently, died.  To me, the first indication that there is a storm going on comes in the following words:

I endeavored to believe that much, if not all of what I felt, was due to the bewildering influence of the gloomy furniture of the room - of the dark and tattered draperies, which, tortured into motion by the breath of a rising tempest, swayed fitfully to and fro upon the walls, and rustled uneasily about the decorations of the bed.

This is in the paragraph that starts "It was, especially..."  You can see that there is a storm starting because the narrator notices the movement ofthe draperies and says that it is a "tempest" that is causing them to move.

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