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The masque of the Red Death.

1. - Why did Prince Prospero decide to take his friends far away to one of his distant
castles?
Prince Prospero took his friends to one of his distant castles so that they would all be safe
from the Red Death.
2. - How was the suite in Prince Prospero's castle different from suites in other
palaces?
The suite was different because in other palaces, suites are built in a straight line. In
Prince Prospero's palace there was a sharp turn every seven or ten metres so that you
could only see one room at a time. In the middle of each wall, right and left, was high and
narrow window. These windows looked over a corridor that ran next to the rooms. The
stained glass windows were made of color, and the color of the windows varied according
to the decor of the room. At the end of this room, for example, it was all blue, or the
windows were bright blue etc.
3. - What happened when the clock in the black room struck the hour?
When the clock struck the hour, the musicians stopped playing, the dancers stopped
dancing and everyone became his happiness afraid.
4. - What happened when the clock stopped chiming?
When the clock stopped chiming, the laughter started again. The musicians smiled and
promised that they would not stop playing the next time the clock chimed.
5. - What did the people see after the clock struck midnight?
The people saw a masked figure enter the blue room. The new arrival of the stranger
quickly spread throughout the group rooms. At first people felt surprise and disapproval.
Then showed their horror.
6. - What was the stranger like?
The stranger was tall and thin and he was dressed from head to foot in the clothes of
death. He wore a mask that looked like the face of a dead person. He was dressed as the
Red Death. His clothes were dripping with blood and there was blood on his face and
forehead.
7. -What did the people discover when they grabbed the masked figure and pulled
off his mask and costume?
They discovered that the mask and costume were empty.
8. -Who was the stranger?
The stranger was the Red Death.












The Pit and the Pendulum.
1. - What sentence did the court pronounce on the prisoner?
The court pronounced the sentence of death on the prisoner.
2. - How did the narrator know he was not in a condemned cell?
The narrator know that he was not in a condemned cell because all the condemned cells
in Toledo had some light, and his cell was completely dark.
3. - How did the narrator measure his dungeon?
The narrator measured his dungeon by tearing off the botton of his robe and putting it on
the floor at right angles to the wall. He then put his hands against the wall and started to
walk around the cell and back to the strip of robe.
4. - While measuring the dungeon, the prisoner fell asleep. What did he find when he
woke up?
When the prisoner woke up, he found a loaf of bread and a jug of water next to him.
5. - What happened while he was walking in a straight line across the cell?
While he was walking in a straight line across the cell, the bottom of his robe caught
between his legs and he fell.
6. - What did the narrator learn about the cell as a result of his fall?
The narrator discovered a deep pit in the middle of the cell.
7. - What kind of death had the Inquisition prepared for the prisoner?
The Inquisition had intended him to fall into the pit. He had been chosen for death with
terrible mental horrors.
8. - What changed in the cell while the narrator slept for the third time?
When he opened his eyes, the prisoner could see the shape and size of his prison,
because there was now some dim light. He was lying on his back on a low wooden bed
and was securely tied to it by a long leather strap with a pendulum on.
9. - What did he discover when he looked up at the ceiling in the prison?
When he looked up at the ceiling of the prison, he discovered that it was also made of
metal. The figure of Time holding a large pendulum was painted on one of the panels. The
prisoner thought he saw the pendulum move a little.
10. - What did he see when he looked up the next time?
When he looked up the next time, the narrator saw that the movement of the pendulum
had increased. It was moving much faster now and had come lower down.
11. - What new type of death did the narrator realise the Inquisition had prepared for
him?
The narrator realised that the Inquisition intended the pendulum to cut through his body to
as it came closer and closer to him.
12. - How did the narrator free himself from the strap?
The narrator freed himself from the strap by rubbing the strap with some of the juice from
the meat that had been on the plate. This attracted the many rats in the cell to the leather
of the strap and the yate through it.
13. - What new form of torture followed the pendulum?
The new form of torture that followed the pendulum was that the walls, which were made
of iron, began to get hot and the started to come closer and closer to him. The narrator
was forced towards the centre of the cell as the walls closed in on him and this brought
him towards the coolness and terror of the pit.
14. - What happened at the end of the story?
At the end of the story, the narrator was just about to fall into the pit, when he heard
voices, trumpets and a violent noise. The walls moved back and an outs treched arm
caught his hand. The French Army had entered Toledo and the Inquisition was in the
hands of its enemies.

The Murders in the Rue Morgue.
1. -When did the narrator first meet Monsieur C. Auguste Dupin?
The narrator first met Monsieur C. Auguste dupin when he (the narrator) was living in
Paris. He met him in a bookshop where they were both looking for the same rare book.
2. - Why did the police often ask Dupin to help them solve mysteries?
The police often asked Dupin to help them solve mysteries because he was good at
putting facts together and finding logical solutions to difficult situations.
3. - Why did Dr Dumas think the murderer was a man?
Dr Dumas thought the murderer was a man because no woman would have been
stronenough to cause terrible injuries that were found on the bodies.
4. - What facts made it difficult to solve the case?
The facts that made it difficult to solve the case were that the door of teh room where
Camille's body was found had been locked from the inside; there was no-one in the room
when the men forced their way in; all the windows were closed and locked from the inside;
all the chimneys were too narrow for a human body to escape that way; there were no
back stairs by which the murderer could have run away.
5. - The witnesses agreed that the deep voice belonged to a Frenchman, but they did
not agree about the high voice. What was peculiar about the high voice?
Everyone, no matter what nationality they were, agreed that the high voice belonged to a
foreigner and not to someone the same nationality as themselves. They also all only heard
sounds not words.
6. - What did Dupin find when he examined the two windows?
When Dupin examined the two windows, he found that there was a strong nail that went
through the frame of each window. When he took out the nail and tried to open the first
window, it wouldn't open and he found there was a hidden spring that locked the window.
No one could have escaped through this window, so they must have escaped through the
second one. When he touched the nail in the second window, the head and top part came
off his fingers as the nail was broken. As he pressed the spring and raised the second
window, the nail went up too. The window probably closed on its own after the murderer
climbed out.
7. - What did Dupin discovered about the hair found in Madame L'Espanaye's
bedroom?
Dupin discovered that the hair and the fingerprints were not those of a human being.
8. - Why did Dupin stop at a newspaper office on his way home?
Dupin stopped at a newspaper office on his way home to put an advertisement in the
paper asking the owner of a lost orang-utang to come and get it back.
9. - Who was the murderer?
The orang-utang was the murderer.
10. - How did the murderer enter Madame L'Espanaye's bedroom?
The murderer entered the room by climbing up the lightning-rod, grasping the shutter and
swinging into the room.
11. - What happened to the murderer?
The orang-utang escaped, but was finally caught by his owner, who sold him to the zoo.



Summary.

The masque of the Red Death.

The Red Death is a plague which has been killing people for a long time. To escape the
dangers of the plague, Prince Prospero takes a thousand healthy friends to one of his
distant castles, a strangely designed, strangely decorated building. One night, the Prince
invites his friends to a masked ball. At midnight, a stranger arrives at the ball, dressed as
the Red Death. Everyone is very scared. The Prince runs to attack the stranger, but
suddenly falls to the floor, dead. A group of people pull off the strangers mask and
costume, but they are empty. The stranger is the Red Death himself and within a short
time, all the people die.

The Pit and the Pendulum.
A prisoner has been condemned to death by the Spanish Inquisition. He is alone in a
terrifying, dark cell. He does not know when or how he will die. After falling asleep, the
prisoner then wakes to find himself tied by leather straps to a wooden bed. The cell is full
of rats. A pendulum above him swings lower and lower until he is in danger of being cut in
two by it. He saves himself by getting the rats to eat through the straps. Then the cell walls
begin to shine with the glow of fire. The burning walls of the cell close in on the prisoner,
but he cannot escape. Just when he thinks his end has come, the prisoner is saved by the
arrival of the French Army. In this story, Poe shows his skill at building up an atmosphere
of suspense and terror.
The Murders in the Rue Morgue.
The story is set in Paris. The narrator and Monsieur C. Auguste Dupin read in a
newspaper of the terrible murders of Madame LEspanaye and her daughter, Camille,
which were committed in the rue Morgue. Madame LEspanayes throat was cut; her
daughter was strangled and pushed up a chimney. All the witnesses heard two voices, one
deep, one high, but could not agree what language they had been speaking. The door and
windows of the room where Camilles body was found had been locked from the inside.
The police are baffled. The narrator and Dupin decide to investigate the murders
themselves and go to the Rue Morgue, where Dupin examines everything very carefully.
On the way home, Dupin puts an advert in a newspaper. He tells his friend that he has got
a theory about the murders. He believes the murderer escaped through a back window
and then climbed down a lightning-rod. Dupin also says that he found hair in Madame
LEspanayes hand which did not look like human hair. Finally, a French sailor comes in
answer to Dupins advert and confirms Dupins theory that an orang-utang belonging to
him had killed the two women. Dupin, with his talent for analytical thinking, has solved the
murders, much to the embarrassment of the Paris Police.
Vocabulary.
Bizarre: estrafalario, chime: Campanada, courtiers: costesanos , dizziness: mareo , pour
out: salir a raudales, stains: manchas, suite: grupo de habitaciones, turn: curva, bauble:
adorno, crept: se desliz, dungeon: mazmorra, eerie: fantasmagricamente, fate: destino,
glow: resplandor, hiss: silbar, pit: pozo, razor: cuchilla, slimy: viscoso, strap: correa,
vermin: alimaa and wound: enrrollado.
Characters.

The Masque of the Red Death
Prince Prospero: a rich man with many castles. He takes a thousand healthy friends to
one of his castles to escape the plague of the Red Death.
The Masked Figure: a stranger who arrives unexpectedly at the princes masked ball.
The Pit and the Pendulum
The Narrator: a prisoner who has been sentenced to death by the Spanish Inquisition.
The Murders in the Rue Morgue
The Narrator: he tells the story and is a friend of Monsieur C. Auguste Dupin.
My personal opinion.
In my opinion I really enjoyed the three stories I had this book, but his vocabulary has
seemed a little hard to understand. Despite this his great argument I had always hooked to
the book so I think that if the book written with a vocabulary embers easier might better
understand the story so interesting that we show these three stories of deaths, murders,
executions and other.