walked hastily to the upper end of the innermost apartment before she spoke; and then, instead of answering him, sat down, and declared she was tired.
"Without reflecting that this is the only moment in which you can study character," said the count; "on the steps of the scaffold death tears off the mask
that has been worn through life, and the real visage is disclosed.
To take an obvious example, the comic mask
is ugly and distorted, but does not imply pain.
Yonder he comes, arrayed like a bridegroom, except the black mask
. When that is off we shall see how he regards the fair maid whose heart he cannot win, though her stern father bestows her hand," returned the troubadour.
"So they always acquit; and then a MAN goes in the night, with a hundred masked
cowards at his back and lynches the rascal.
Just then some masks
from outside invaded the cafe, dancing hand in hand in a single file led by a burly man with a cardboard nose.
The sight of the masked
man gave rise to a prolonged sensation.
This ball was an exceptional affair, given some time before Shrovetide, in honor of the anniversary of the birth of a famous draftsman; and it was expected to be much gayer, noisier, more Bohemian than the ordinary masked
"It is no jest," replied in a deep voice the masked
figure that held the lantern.
"Also the Emperor became more and more excited with curiosity, and with great suspense one awaited the hour, when according to mask-law, each masked
guest must make himself known.
And thus too, it happened, perhaps, that before the last echoes of the last chime had utterly sunk into silence, there were many individuals in the crowd who had found leisure to become aware of the presence of a masked
figure which had arrested the attention of no single individual before.
Women were playing; they were masked
, some of them; this license was allowed in these wild times of carnival.