- The story begins on one "...dull, dark, and soundless day in the
autumn of the year...." From the very beginning, the reader, as a
result of Poe's imagery, is aware of a sense of death and decay. Even the
narrator, Roderick's childhood companion, describes "a sense of
insufferable gloom [which] pervaded [his] spirit" as he approached the
House of Usher. The term "House of Usher" refers not only to the
crumbling mansion but also to the remaining family members who live within.
(See Style and Interpretation )