…in no one of the apartments was there any lamp…

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Federico Castillon
Masque of the Red Death, 1968
These windows were of stained glass whose color varied in accordance with the prevailing hue of the decorations of the chamber into which it opened. That at the eastern extremity was hung, for example, in blue — and vividly blue were its windows. The second chamber was purple in its ornaments and tapestries, and here the panes were purple. The third was green throughout, and so were the casements. The fourth was furnished and litten with orange — the fifth with white — the sixth with violet. The seventh apartment was closely shrouded in black velvet tapestries that hung all over the ceiling and down the walls, falling in heavy folds upon a carpet of the same material and hue. But in this chamber only, the color of the windows failed to correspond with the decorations. The panes here were scarlet — a deep blood color. Now in no one of the seven apartments was there any lamp or candelabrum, amid the profusion of golden ornaments that lay scattered to and fro or depended from the roof.

Upcoming Big Read Events:

March 20th – Welcome to My Nightmare

Sinfonietta Concert, Scottish Rite, 3:00 p.m.
Free Books! Tickets available at the door. $10 adult/$5 student

March 23rd – The Mystery of Orchids

Paris Public Library (IL), 6:30 p.m. (CST)
Edgar Allan Poe wrote stories filled with mystery, terror and wonder. No plant fills gardeners with more terror than orchids. Dick Wells of Hilltop Orchids will guide us through the mysteries of these wonderful flowers.

March 24th – Tree-Stump Tombstones

Vigo County Public Library, 12:10pm-12:50 p.m.
Professor Emerita Harriet McNeal will discuss a particular type of tombstone that looks like a tree and is found in cemeteries across the U.S.

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