I shall ever bear about me a memory of the many solemn hours I thus spent alone with the master of the House of Usher.
I was, perhaps, the more forcibly impressed with it, as he gave it, because, in the under or mystic current of its meaning, I fancied that I perceived, and for the first time, a full consciousness on the part of Usher, of the tottering of his lofty reason upon her throne.
One favourite volume was a small octavo edition of the Directorium Inquisitorum, by the Dominican Eymeric de Gironne; and there were passages in Pomponius Mela, about the old African Satyrs and OEgipans, over which Usher would sit dreaming for hours.
At the request of Usher, I personally aided him in the arrangements for the temporary entombment.
A striking similitude between the brother and sister now first arrested my attention; and Usher, divining, perhaps, my thoughts, murmured out some few words from which I learned that the deceased and himself had been twins, and that sympathies of a scarcely intelligible nature had always existed between them.
Envelopes were then unknown; they had no wax, and dared not disturb the stillness of the evening school-room by getting up and going to ask the usher for some.
From whence it being only a step to the toffy shop, what could be more simple than to go on there and fill their pockets; or what more certain than that on their return, a distribution of treasure having been made, the usher should shortly detect the forbidden smell of bull's-eyes, and, a search ensuing, discover the state of the breeches-pockets of Tom and his ally?
And Greywood Usher threw down the newspapers and took up the two press-cuttings again.
Anyhow," said Usher, "Last-Trick Todd counts for a great deal in this rum affair.
I reckon you'll be shocked," replied Greywood Usher, "as I know you don't cotton to the march of science in these matters.
It did in this case, as I'll show you," went on Usher positively.
Well, this one wasn't," said Usher, throwing the papers about.