Usery in House of Usher?

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I needed to use the premise of the Fall Of the House of Usher to complete a little quip in a letter. I read its text on this forum for the first time in years. Was this abridged or did I not pick up the symbolism?

I could have sworn there were passages about his loan sharking at a younger age (Usery) and then his attempted redemption as a solid church going citizen in his older days, yet his house caves in at the end over the patent phoniness of his attempted redemtion.

Am I confusing this with Ray Bradury's knock off in the sci-fi realm (going to search that one now). Or am I totally off base on this?

-- Anonymous, February 18, 2001

Answers

J Bishop,

I do not recall your description as an element of the story "The Fall of the House of Usher" but it sounds like it may have come from Poe's "Diddling Considered as One of the Exact Sciences." This was a humorous little essay on the many types of "rip-offs" of the early 19th century and may have included usury as one of the offenses. I cannot speak to the works of Ray Bradbury but your base theory is looking promising. (just kidding : )

Regards,

-- Anonymous, February 19, 2001


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