The Fall of the House of Usher
How we cite our quotes:
There was an iciness, a sinking, a sickening of the heart (1)
Look at how Poe uses alliteration in this sentence to set a rhythmic, spooky mood. Alliteration means using words in succession that begin with the same sound.
There can be no doubt that the consciousness of the rapid increase of my superstition—for why should I not so term it?--served mainly to accelerate the increase itself. Such, I have long known, is the paradoxical law of all sentiments having terror as a basis. (4)
The same is later true of Roderick’s fear…
While the objects around me--while the carvings of the ceilings, the sombre tapestries of the walls, the ebon blackness of the floors, and the phantasmagoric armorial trophies which rattled as I strode, were but matters to which, or to such as which, I had been accustomed from my infancy--while I hesitated not to acknowledge how familiar was all this--I still wondered to find how unfamiliar were the fancies which ordinary images were stirring up. (6)
Fear has the ability to alter our perception of even the most ordinary of objects.