A personification of the awful, bloody disease that is killing Prince Prospero’s countrymen in "The Masque of the Red Death." At first, he is a background presence, while Prospero’s masked dancers forget all about the world outside, but he somehow comes to appear in the abbey, dressed like death and bloodied like his victims. By the end of the story holds “illimitable dominion over all.”
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The Masque of the Red Death
...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 if dressed for the grave. Within the... (full context)