Jones, now taking the mask
by the hand, fell to entreating her in the most earnest manner, to acquaint him where he might find Sophia; and when he could obtain no direct answer, he began to upbraid her gently for having disappointed him the day before; and concluded, saying, "Indeed, my good fairy queen, I know your majesty very well, notwithstanding the affected disguise of your voice.
Charles accompanied these words with a look designed to penetrate the mask
of the unknown headsman.
Raoul climbed the grand staircase at five minutes to twelve, did not linger to look at the motley dresses displayed all the way up the marble steps, one of the richest settings in the world, allowed no facetious mask
to draw him into a war of wits, replied to no jests and shook off the bold familiarity of a number of couples who had already become a trifle too gay.
In the streets the lively crowd is dressed in the most fantastic costumes -- gigantic cabbages walk gravely about, buffaloes' heads below from men's shoulders, dogs walk on their hind legs; in the midst of all this a mask
is lifted, and, as in Callot's Temptation of St.
Who furnished it with masks
, or prologues, or increased the number of actors,--these and other similar details remain unknown.
Then, summoning the wild courage of despair, a throng of the revellers at once threw themselves into the black apartment, and, seizing the mummer, whose tall figure stood erect and motionless within the shadow of the ebony clock, gasped in unutterable horror at finding the grave cerements and corpse-like mask
, which they handled with so violent a rudeness, untenanted by any tangible form.
When she saw the boy, at whose face she looked hard through her shining eyes and mask
, she said, "Monsieur n'est pas joueur?
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.
Your master, Poole, is plainly seized with one of those maladies that both torture and deform the sufferer; hence, for aught I know, the alteration of his voice; hence the mask
and the avoidance of his friends; hence his eagerness to find this drug, by means of which the poor soul retains some hope of ultimate recovery--God grant that he be not deceived
Companies of masks
with linked arms and whooping like red Indians swept the streets in crazy rushes while gusts of cold mistral swayed the gas lights as far as the eye could reach.
His black harness was ornamented with rubies and gold; his face was covered by a grotesque mask
of the precious metal in which two enormous rubies were set for eyes, though below them were narrow slits through which the wearer could see.
The place had a far greater interest for us than it could have had if we had known beyond all question who the Iron Mask
was, and what his history had been, and why this most unusual punishment had been meted out to him.