1. What clues are there that the house has been neglected over a long time?
“The door… was blistered and distained.”
“It seemed scarcely a house.”
“a blind forehead of discoloured wall on the upper…”
2. What clues are there that the house’s occupant does not want to be known?
“The door, which was equipped with neither bell nor knocker…”
“the windows are always shut, but they’re clean…”
“There are three windows looking on the court on the first floor; none below…”