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by Edgar Allan Poe

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Why does Edgar Allan Poe describe Prince Prospero being situated in the blue room in "The Masque of the Red Death"?

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The short story "The Masque of the Red Death" by Edgar Allan Poe tells of a horrific plague known as the Red Death that ravages a certain country. To protect himself, Prince Prospero abandons his fellow countrymen and locks himself away in a fortified castle with one thousand of his friends. They are well-provisioned, and they hope to enjoy parties and revelry while the plague decimates the people on the outside.

The castle has an imperial suite in which, after five or six months of isolation, a magnificent party is held. The suite has seven rooms, separated from one another so that people can only see one room at a time. Each room has stained glass windows of a particular color, and tripods in the corridors provide light...

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