In the short story "The Masque of the Red Death" how long does the "Red Death" take to kill?

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In Edgar Allan Poe's classic short story "The Masque of the Red Death" the plague that ravaged the land was described as positively horrific. It was truly horrifying because of the way in which it killed its victims, the short amount of time that it took from first infection to death, as well as the way it spread through the land infecting and killing everyone. It was described as a gruesome death as the victims received "sharp pains" and became dizzy and then they would start bleeding profusely out of all their pores. Due to the high infection rate, people were unwilling to help the victims or go near them as they died. The process of death was quick, about a half hour. "The whole seizure, progress and termination of the disease, were the incidents of half an hour." This was a horrible excruciating death, but it was quick.


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