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Appraisal of “The Masque of the Red Death”

“No pestilence had ever been so fatal, or so hideous.” So begins a short-tale from Edgar A. Poe. The tale speaks of a plague which leaves “scarlet stains upon the body and especially on the face of the victim.” While the tale’s unsavory protagonist, Prince Prospero, resolves to fortify himself and his chosen court within the confines of an opulent …