I had this conversation with an old friend who is head monk at a Buddhist temple near my home and I was wondering if anyone else thought the same. The Fall Of The House Of Usher is one of my favourite Edgar Poe tales and I've read it several times over the years. I was wondering if anyone else got the impression that Roderick Usher and his sister Madeline Usher were rather more than brother and sister to each other. If that might perhaps explain his guilt and terror and maybe even his reluctance to go down and set her free. Perhaps in his Victorian mind it was some kind of just punishment from the powers that be and perhaps that is why the whole house finally cracks and sinks beneath the waters of the tarn. The house cracks in two with the crack zigzagging down the wall tearing asunder what was once together.