The Masque of the Red Death Questions and Answers
by Edgar Allan Poe

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Why do the revelers cease dancing and listen to the chiming of the clock, and who does the clock seem to affect more?

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The foreboding ebony clock in the seventh room of the imperial suite symbolically represents mortality and death in Poe's classic short story "The Masque of the Red Death ." During Prince Prospero's elaborate, bizarre masquerade, the ebony clock strikes a low, peculiar sound every hour, which has a unique effect on the revelers and the orchestra entertaining the...

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