| Quote #4
He suffered much from a morbid acuteness of the senses; the most insipid food was alone endurable; he could wear only garments of certain texture; the odours of all flowers were oppressive; his eyes were tortured by even a faint light; and there were but peculiar sounds, and these from stringed instruments, which did not inspire him with horror. (10)
It is this same acuteness of the senses that allows Roderick to sense Madeline’s return before the narrator.
| Quote #5
We painted and read together; or I listened, as if in a dream, to the wild improvisations of his speaking guitar. (15)
The retreat into the worlds of art and music is, for Usher, a retreat away from reality.