…the dagger dropped gleaming upon the sable carpet…


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Federico Castillon
Masque of the Red Death, 1968
1975.39.15
It was then, however that the Prince Prospero, maddening with rage and the shame of his own momentary cowardice, rushed hurriedly through the six chambers–while none followed him on account of a deadly terror that had seized upon all. He bore aloft a drawn dagger, and had approached, in rapid impetuosity, to within three or four feet of the retreating figure, when the latter, having attained the extremity of the velvet apartment, turned suddenly round and confronted his pursuer. There was a sharp cry–and the dagger dropped gleaming upon the sable carpet, upon which instantly afterwards, fell prostrate in death the Price Prospero. Then, summoning the wild courage of despair, a throng of the revelers at once threw themselves into the black apartment, and seizing the mummer, whose tall figure stood erect and motionless within the shadow of the ebony clock, gasped in unutterable horror at finding the grave-cerements and corpse-like mask which they handled with so violent rudeness, untenanted by any tangible form.

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April 19th – ISU Ghost Walk

ISU Campus, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Hear the legends about famous ghosts on the ISU campus. Assemble at the HMSU at 7:00 p.m. For more information or to register, call 232-1113, ext 2281 or 2282. You must be able to walk and climb stairs. Limited to 40 participants – call early.

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