It tells of the fall — literal and figurative — of the House of Usher, an old family in a state of decline. There is an old curse of illness and evil on the Ushers, and though never specified what exactly this evil is, it is hinted that it is incest. Incest would certainly make the family ingrown, weak and mentally unstable. Indeed, the Ushers seem to be ingrown into the house itself — everything from its cracked foundation to gloomy aspect reflects the state of the family that lives there.
The Fall of the House of Usher Summary
エドガー・アラン・ポー Edgar Allan Poe 佐々木直次郎訳 アッシャー家の崩壊 THE FALL OF HOUSE OF USHER
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An unnamed protagonist the Narrator is summoned to the remote mansion of his boyhood friend, Roderick Usher. Filled with a sense of dread by the sight of the house itself, the Narrator reunites with his old companion, who is suffering from a strange mental illness and whose sister Madeline is near death due to a mysterious disease. The Narrator provides company to Usher while he paints and plays guitar, spending all his days inside, avoiding the sunlight and obsessing over the sentience of the non-living.
Both of the siblings are "easing into" their forties and are unmarried and resigned to the idea that they will both grow old, unmarried, in this house together. The narrator begins by describing his and Irene's daily routine, which is synchronized and quite boring and unchanging—their days are occupied by chores to keep up the enormous house that they live in, which has much more space than is needed for two people. They take lunch at exactly noon every day, and afterwards, Irene knits. The narrator reads his beloved books he favors French literature.