"The '''Red Death''' had long devastated the country. No pestilence had ever been so fatal, or so hideous."
"The abbey was was amply provisioned. WIth such precautions, the courtiers might bid defiance to contagion."
" The prince had provided all the appliances of pleasure. There were buffoons, there were improvisatori, there were ballet-dancers, there were musicians, there was Beauty, there was wine. All these and security were within. Without was the “Red Death.”
"But now there were twelve strokes to be sounded by the bell of the clock; and thus it happened, perhaps, that more of thought crept, with more of time, into the meditations of the thoughtful among those who revelled."
"It was then, however, that the Prince Prospero, maddening with rage and the shame of his own momentary cowardice, rushed hurriedly through the six chambers, while none followed him on account of a deadly terror that had seized upon all."
"And now was acknowledged the presence of the Red Death. He had come like a thief in the night. And on by one dropped the revelers in the blood bedewed halls on thierrevel, and died each in the despairing posture of his fall."