"The Prince Prospero was happy and dauntless and sagacious when his dominions were half depopulated he summoned to his presence a thousand hale and light hearted friends".
"The seventh apartment was closely shrouded in black velvet tapestries that hung all over the walls." "The panes here were scarlet- a deep blood color." "It was in this apartment also, that there stood against the wall, a giant clock of ebony."
"And the hour was to be stricken, there came from the brazen lungs of the clock" "The musicians of the orchestra were constrained to pause, momentarily, in their performance to hearken the sound, and thus waltzers perforce ceased. Their evolutions, and their wols a brief disconnect."
"But how there were there strokes to be sounded by the bell of the clock." "There were many individuals in the crowd who had found leisure to become aware of the presence of a masked figure, which had arrested the attention of no individual before."
"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 now was acknowledged the presence of the red death. He had come like a thief in the night, And one by one dropped the revelers in the blood-bedewed halls of their level, and died each in the despairing posture of his fall."