But neither bent the knee, for the young bridegroom replied in a tone that startled all listeners as the mask
fell, disclosing the noble face of Ferdinand Devereux, the artist lover, and leaning on the breast where now flashed the star of an English earl was the lovely Viola, radiant with joy and beauty.
You had not your little wits sharpened by their intriguing against you, suppressed and defenceless, under the mask
of sympathy and pity and what not that is soft and soothing.
I thought, too, as I often did, what if the face I seek should be here among these poor outcasts,--golden face hidden behind a mask
of shame, true heart still beating true even amidst this infernal world!
Here Love his golden shafts imploies, here lights His constant Lamp, and waves his purple wings, Reigns here and revels; not in the bought smile Of Harlots, loveless, joyless, unindeard, Casual fruition, nor in Court Amours Mixt Dance, or wanton Mask
, or Midnight Bal, Or Serenate, which the starv'd Lover sings To his proud fair, best quitted with disdain.
From his dress and arms, Wamba would have conjectured him to be one of those outlaws who had just assailed his master; but, besides that he wore no mask
, the glittering baldric across his shoulder, with the rich bugle-horn which it supported, as well as the calm and commanding expression of his voice and manner, made him, notwithstanding the twilight, recognise Locksley the yeoman, who had been victorious, under such disadvantageous circumstances, in the contest for the prize of archery.
The arrangement of the black hair on the pillow, the soft drapery, and the flowers placed there by the nurse to complete the artistic effect to which she had so confidently referred, were lost on him; he saw only a lifeless mask
that had been his wife's face, and at sight of it his knees failed, and he had to lean for support on the rail at the foot of the bed.
It was true that as one watched life in its curious crucible of pain and pleasure, one could not wear over one's face a mask
of glass, nor keep the sulphurous fumes from troubling the brain and making the imagination turbid with monstrous fancies and misshapen dreams.
None will ever be a true Parisian who has not learned to wear a mask
of gaiety over his sorrows and one of sadness, boredom or indifference over his inward joy.
Sir, if that was my master, why had he a mask
upon his face?
To take an obvious example, the comic mask
is ugly and distorted, but does not imply pain.
The king made his way through the crowd without a mask
, and the ribbons of his doublet scarcely tied.
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.