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receive; rather, each acts as if he has a higher purpose to guide the flock to a realization of their mistakes. Each enters with a solemnity which contrasts such an oddity of apparel. The demonic spectre wants revenge on the revelers and the holy leader wants his spectators to have a revelation of their own secret sin. So what have the people done do deserve such callous punishment? In the case of the extravagant party, the pomp and colorful rooms and music all contrast with the last chamber with black velvet drapes, a bloody hue and an ominous clock. ?There was much of the beautiful, much of the wanton, much of the bizarre, something of the terrible, and not a little of that which might have excited disgust. To and fro? there stalked, in fact, a multitude of dreams. And these ?

the dreams ? writhed in and about, taking hue from the rooms, and causing the wild music of the orchestra to seem as the echo of their steps? (Poe, p.257). Their escape from reality is a dream. Their delusions lead them to mimic the colorful cheer of each room and believe that they set the tempo. They are too absorbed in their own masks of happiness to notice the truth. And, anon, there strikes the ebony clock which stands in the hall of the velvet. And then, for a moment, all is still, and all is silent save the voice of the clock. The dreams are stiff-frozen as they stand? (Poe, p.257). An apprehensive feeling builds with every chime that brings the focus to the dark room on death, but the warning is soon forgotten and the party commences. The veil may be the Minister?s warning

to his people that they, too, will be in mourning if they do not recognize their faulted ways. Just as the putridly masked figure marches towards the last chamber and its clock, the Minster is slowly parading his veil for all to see as the clock of Fate ticks away. This is his warning to all that their time to be judged will come, too, and whether or not they choose to admit they wear a mask before this time is up to them. THE TRUTH. Throughout the tales, the crowd is deceived by the happiness a false reality brings; when the supposed source of happiness is threatened, they are compelled to save it. Suddenly the revelers overcome their fear when the shrouded figure approaches their symbol of prosperity, Prince Prospero. The congregation (often called spectators in the story) also

acts as one in communal slander and disapproval of the demon which has possessed their former parson. Maybe the group has too much faith in their source of happiness; this blind herd thinking only results in confusion. Here is a description of Prince Prospero by the narrator: ?There are some who would have thought him mad. His followers felt that he was not. It was necessary to hear and see and touch him to be sure that he was not? (Poe, p.256). If they ?woke up? from this dream, maybe they would recognize the false prophet who professed such extraordinary vanity. Similarly, the religious multitude was blinded by their own vanity and faith in appearances. Whatever the case, time will run out and everyone will be judged. Truth will over-shadow ignorance when the clock stops

ticking.