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DURING the whole of a dull, dark, andsoundlessday in the autumn of the year, when the clouds hungoppressively lowin the heavens, I had been passing alone, onhorseback, through asingularly dreary tract of country, and atlength found myself, asthe shades of the evening drew on, withinview of the melancholyHouse of Usher. I know not how it was—but,with the first glimpse ofthe building, a sense of insufferablegloom pervaded my spirit. Isay insufferable; for the feeling wasunrelieved by any of thathalf-pleasurable, because poetic,sentiment, with which the mindusually receives even the sternestnatural images of the desolate orterrible. I looked upon the scenebefore me—upon the mere house, andthe simple landscape features ofthe domain—upon the bleakwalls—upon the vacant eye-likewindows—upon a few rank sedges—andupon a few white trunks ofdecayed trees—with an utter depression ofsoul which I can compareto no earthly sensation more properly thanto the after-dream ofthe reveller upon opium—the bitter lapse intoevery-day life—thehideous dropping off of the veil. There was aniciness, a sinking,a sickening of the heart—an unredeemeddreariness of thought whichno goading of the imagination couldtorture into aught of thesublime. What was it—I paused tothink—what was it that so unnervedme in the contemplation of theHouse of Usher? It was a mystery allinsoluble; nor could I grapplewith the shadowy fancies thatcrowded upon me as I pondered. I wasforced to fall back upon theunsatisfactory conclusion, that while,beyond doubt, there arecombinations of very simple natural objectswhich have the power ofthus affecting us, still the analysis ofthis power lies amongconsiderations beyond our depth. It waspossible, I reflected, thata mere different arrangement of theparticulars of the scene, ofthe details of the picture, would besufficient to modify, orperhaps to annihilate its capacity forsorrowful impression; and,acting upon this idea, I reined my horseto the precipitous brinkof a black and lurid tarn that lay inunruffled lustre by thedwelling, and gazed down—but with a shuddereven more thrillingthan before—upon the remodelled and invertedimages of the graysedge, and the ghastly tree-stems, and the vacantand eye-likewindows.

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