The Fall of the House of Usher

What is the mood at the beginning of 'The Fall of the House of Usher'? Write a few lines that help establish this mood.


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The mood at the start of the story is dreary and dark.

DURING THE WHOLE of a dull, dark, and soundless day in the autumn of the year, when the clouds hung oppressively low in the heavens, I had been passing alone, on horseback, through a singularly dreary tract of country; and at length found myself, as the shades of the evening drew on, within view of the melancholy House of Usher. I know not how it was—but, with the first glimpse of the building, a sense of insufferable gloom pervaded my spirit.


The Fall of the House of Usher