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The Fall of the House of Usher

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.

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