…a muffled peal more solemnly emphatic…

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Federico Castillon
Masque of the Red Death, 1968
But to the chamber which lies most westwardly of the seven, there are now none of the maskers who venture; for the night is waning away; and there flows a ruddier light through the blood-colored panes; and the blackness of the sable drapery appeals; and to him whose foot falls upon the sable carpet, there comes from the near clock of ebony a muffled peal more solemnly emphatic than any which reaches their ears who indulge in the more remote gaieties of the other apartments.

But these other apartments were densely crowded, and in them beat feverishly the heart of life. And the revel went whirlingly on, until at length there commenced the sounding of midnight upon the clock. And then the music ceased, as I have told; and the evolutions of the waltzers were quieted; and there was an uneasy cessation of all things as before.

Upcoming Big Read Events:

March 31st – The Ghosts of Edgar Allan Poe

Vigo County Public Library, 12:10 p.m.-12:50 p.m.
Marshall Public Library (IL), 6:30 p.m. (CST)
Spend a spine-tingling evening in the parlor of Edgar Allan Poe as played by Brian “Fox” Ellis.

April 5th – Poe’s Gothic Psyche: How Poe’s Dreams Became Reader’s Nightmares

ISU Library Events Area, 6:00 p.m.
Join Dr. Matt Brennan as he uses passages from Poe’s works to illustrate how Gothic writers adapt their dreams to create a nightmare experience.

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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