A wild, eccentric character in "The Masque of the Red Death." He has so much money and status that when the Red Death plagues the country, wreaking havoc and killing untold numbers, he can afford to buy an abbey and keep his entourage entertained with elaborate, bizarre parties. But when the mood of his masked ball changes, he becomes trapped in his suite of rooms and is struck down by the personification of the plague.
Prince Prospero Quotes in Poe's Stories
The Poe's Stories quotes below are all either spoken by Prince Prospero or refer to Prince Prospero. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin Classics edition of Poe's Stories published in 2006.).
The Masque of the Red Death Quotes
The external world could take care of itself. In the meantime it was folly to grieve, or to think.
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Prince Prospero Character Timeline in Poe's Stories
The timeline below shows where the character Prince Prospero appears in Poe's Stories. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
The Masque of the Red Death
...man rapidly with a seizure and bleeding from the pores, is terrorizing the country. But Prince Prospero is unaffected. Though his people are dying by the hour, he gathers his friends... (full context)
...besides these things, the ball is a magnificent event. It is all designed with the Prince’s eccentric taste, combining the disgusting and the beautiful, which is so bold that it is... (full context)
...most reckless person, there is always something that will touch his sensible side, and for Prince Prospero, this figure does that. The figure is completely masked, from head to foot, as... (full context)