What pleasure did the prince provide for his courtiers?
In Poe's The Masque of the Red Death, Prince Prospero provides a place of refuge for his friends of court. He invites them to his abbey for a masked ball. The guests wear lavish costumes and fully enjoy his hospitality. He provides orchestra music and entertainment for the evening as well as shelter from the red death that is plaguing the land. The rooms of his abbey have a fire lighting each room while the glass of the windows is stained in various colors. This allows for each room to be a different color, allowing for the progression of the story.