Prince Prospero 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 castellated abbeys.
They resolved to leave means neither of ingress or egress to the sudden impulses of despair or of frenzy from within.
The courtiers, having entered, brought furnaces and massy hammers and welded the bolts.
The prince had provided all appliances of pleasure. There were ballet-dancers, musicians, Beauty, and wine. All these and security were within. Without was the "Red Death."