The Fall of the House of Usher
by Edgar Allan Poe
Madeline Usher Timeline and Summary
- Madeline is very ill; she is cataleptical and her body is wasting away. A cataleptic is a person who has seizures and can go into a death-like trance afterward. Madeline shows herself briefly in front of the narrator but doesn’t acknowledge his presence. Then she retires to her bedroom for good.
- Madeline supposedly dies and her body is entombed below ground.
- Madeline breaks out of her tomb and comes upstairs to scare her brother to death.