Nouvelles histoires extraordinaires

By Edgar Allan Poe

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la mettaient au ban de l'humanité, et lui
fermaient tout secours et toute sympathie. L'invasion, le progrès, le
résultat de la maladie, tout cela était l'affaire d'une demi-heure.

Mais le prince Prospero était heureux, et intrépide, et sagace. Quand
ses domaines furent à moitié dépeuplés, il convoqua un millier d'amis
vigoureux et allègres de coeur, choisis parmi les chevaliers et les
dames de sa cour, et se fit avec eux une retraite profonde dans une de
ses abbayes fortifiées. C'était un vaste et magnifique bâtiment, une
création du prince, d'un goût excentrique et cependant grandiose. Un mur
épais et haut lui faisait une ceinture. Ce mur avait des portes de fer.
Les courtisans, une fois entrés, se servirent de fourneaux et de solides
marteaux pour souder les verrous. Ils résolurent de se barricader contre
les impulsions soudaines du désespoir extérieur et de fermer toute issue
aux frénésies du dedans. L'abbaye fut largement approvisionnée. Grâce à
ces précautions, les courtisans pouvaient jeter le défi à la contagion.
Le monde extérieur s'arrangerait comme il pourrait. En attendant,
c'était folie de s'affliger ou de penser. Le prince avait pourvu à tous
les moyens de plaisir. Il y avait des bouffons, il y avait des
improvisateurs, des danseurs, des musiciens, il y avait le beau sous
toutes ses formes, il y avait le vin. En dedans, il y avait toutes ces
belles choses et la sécurité. Au-dehors, la _Mort Rouge_.

Ce fut vers la fin du cinquième ou sixième mois de sa retraite, et
pendant que le fléau sévissait au-dehors avec le plus de rage, que le
prince Prospero gratifia ses mille amis d'un bal masqué de la plus
insolite magnificence.

Tableau voluptueux que cette mascarade! Mais d'abord laissez-moi vous
décrire les salles où elle eut lieu. Il y en avait sept,--une enfilade
impériale. Dans beaucoup de palais, ces séries de salons forment de
longues perspectives en ligne droite, quand les battants des portes sont
rabattus sur les murs de chaque côté, de sorte que le regard s'enfonce
jusqu'au bout sans obstacle. Ici, le cas était fort différent, comme on
pouvait s'y attendre de la part du duc et de son goût très-vif pour le
bizarre. Les salles étaient si irrégulièrement disposées, que l'oeil
n'en pouvait guère embrasser plus d'une à la fois. Au bout d'un espace
de vingt à trente yards, il y avait un brusque détour, et à chaque coude
un nouvel aspect. À droite et à gauche, au milieu de chaque mur, une
haute et étroite fenêtre gothique donnait sur un corridor fermé qui
suivait les sinuosités de l'appartement. Chaque fenêtre était faite de
verres coloriés en harmonie avec

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