“There were many books and musical instruments scattered on the floor, but they failed to give any vitality to the scene.”
The loss of Mr. Usher’s beloved twin sister Madeline may have been the trigger of his mood disorder. Madeline had been his sole companion for many years. Some critics suggest that there are innuendos regarding a possible love affair between Madeline and Roderick. There are those who claim that the image of their embrace under the moonlight at the end of the story hints at the union of their souls and the beginning of a new life together.
A sense of despair looms as the story progresses. We later learn more details about Mr. Usher’s situation and how his disorder wreaks havoc on his life: