He summoned to his presence a thousand hale and light-hearted friends from among the knights and dames of his court, and with these retired to the deep seclusion of one of his castled abbeys.
But Prince Prospero was happy and dauntless and sagacious.
Prince prospero etnertained his thousand friennds at a masqued ball of the most unusual magnificance.
The seventh apartment was closely shrouded in black in black velvet tapestries that hung all over the ceiling and down the walls.
The panes were scarlet-a deep blood color
In this apartment, also, there stood against the western wall, a gigantic ebony clock.
But in this chamber only,the color of the windows failed to correspond with the decorations.
Its pendulum swung to and fro with a dull, heavy, monotonous clang;
and when the min-hand made the circuit of the face, and the hour was to be stricken, there came from the brazen lungs of the clock a sound ich was clear and loud and deeo and exceedingly musical, but of so peculiar a note and emphasis that, at each lapse of an hour
the musicians of the orchestra were constrained to pause, momentarily, in their preformance, to hearken to the sound; and there was a brief disconcert of the whole gay company
The whole company, indeed, seemed now deeply to feel that in the costume and bearing of the stranger neither wit nor propriety.
The figure was tall and gaunt, and shrouded in the habiliments of he grave.
There were none who put forth hand to seize him.
There was a sharp cry-and the dagger dropped gleaming upon the sable carpet, upon which, instantly afterward, fell prostrate in death the prince prospero.
and the life of the ebony clock went out with that of the last of the gay.
and the flames of the tripods expired. and darkness and decay and tredhe
and now was acknowledged the presence of the red death.