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The Fall of the House of Usher

The Fall of the House of Usher

by Edgar Allan Poe

Isolation Quotes

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Quote #4

He was enchained by certain superstitious impressions in regard to the dwelling which he tenanted, and whence, for many years, he had never ventured forth. (12)

Poe reiterates the Ushers’ isolation, and strengthens the connection between Roderick and his mansion.

Quote #5

I learned that the glimpse I had obtained of her person would thus probably be the last I should obtain--that the lady, at least while living, would be seen by me no more. (14)

Madeline, like her brother, responds to her illness by isolating herself to the greatest possible degree.

Quote #6

A small picture presented the interior of an immensely long and rectangular vault or tunnel, with low walls, smooth, white, and without interruption or device. (17)

Sounds a lot like the tomb that will eventually enclose Madeline…here, then, is another case of Roderick’s prophetic sight.

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