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  1. The Masque of the Red Death Edgar Allan Poe

  2. About the Story • Published in 1842, the same year Virginia contracted TB • Considered Gothic Literature • Story is an Allegory (a story meant to teach a lesson, used as a symbol)

  3. Definitions • masque (n): a costume party • august (adj): imposing and magnificent • candelabrum (n): a branched candlestick • Piquancy (n): pleasantly sharp quality • arabesque (adj): elaborately designed • disapprobation (n): disapproval • phantasm (n): ghost • habiliments (n): clothing

  4. mummer (n): a masked and costumed person • avatar (n): a symbol • dissolution (n): a bringing to an end • sagacious (adj): very intelligent • castellated (adj): like a castle • brazier (n): a metal bowl used to hold burning coals