The Works of Edgar Allan Poe — Volume 2

By Edgar Allan Poe

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moderate estimate. Thus, if they had been annihilated 20, or 1000
years ago, we might still see them to-day by the light which started
from their surfaces 20 or 1000 years in the past time. That many which
we see daily are really extinct, is not impossible--not even improbable.


(*1) See Archimedes, "_De Incidentibus in Fluido_."--lib. 2.

Notes--Island of the Fay

(*1) Moraux is here derived from moeurs, and its meaning is
"fashionable" or more strictly "of manners."

(*2) Speaking of the tides, Pomponius Mela, in his treatise "De Situ
Orbis," says "either the world is a great animal, or" etc

(*3) Balzac--in substance--I do not remember the words

(*4) Florem putares nare per liquidum aethera.--P. Commire.

Notes -- Domain of Arnheim

(*1) An incident, similar in outline to the one here imagined, occurred,
not very long ago, in England. The name of the fortunate heir was
Thelluson. I first saw an account of this matter in the "Tour" of Prince
Puckler Muskau, who makes the sum inherited _ninety millions of pounds_,
and justly observes that "in the contemplation of so vast a sum, and of
the services to which it might be applied, there is something even of
the sublime." To suit the views of this article I have followed the
Prince's statement, although a grossly exaggerated one. The germ, and
in fact, the commencement of the present paper was published many years
ago--previous to the issue of the first number of Sue's admirable _Juif
Errant_, which may possibly have been suggested to him by Muskau's


(*1) For as Jove, during the winter season, gives twice seven days of
warmth, men have called this element and temperate time the nurse of the
beautiful Halcyon--_Simonides_

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heart, I stood repeating "'Tis some visiter entreating entrance at my chamber door-- Some late visiter entreating entrance at my chamber door; This it is and nothing more.
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" Much I marvelled this ungainly fowl to hear discourse so plainly, Though its answer little meaning--little relevancy bore; For we cannot help agreeing that no living human being Ever yet was blessed with seeing bird above his chamber door-- Bird or beast upon the sculptured bust above his chamber door, With such name as "Nevermore.
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" "Prophet!" said I, "thing of evil!--prophet still, if bird or devil!-- Whether Tempter sent, or whether tempest tossed thee here ashore, Desolate,.
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" Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore.
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There were buffoons, there were improvisatori, there were ballet-dancers, there were musicians, there was Beauty, there was wine.
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These windows were of stained glass whose colour varied in accordance with the prevailing hue of the decorations of the chamber into which it opened.
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Be sure they were grotesque.
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But these other apartments were densely crowded, and in them beat feverishly the heart of life.
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But the mummer had gone so far as to assume the type of the Red Death.
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He bore aloft a drawn dagger, and had approached, in rapid impetuosity, to within three or four feet of the retreating figure, when the latter, having attained the extremity of the velvet apartment, turned suddenly and confronted his pursuer.
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He had a weak point--this Fortunato--although in other regards he was a man to be respected and even feared.
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" Thus speaking, Fortunato possessed himself of my arm.
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Three sides of this interior crypt were still ornamented in this manner.
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" As I said these words I busied myself among the pile of bones of which I have before spoken.
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I had finished a portion of the last and the eleventh; there remained but a single stone to be fitted and plastered in.
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I forced the last stone into its position; I plastered it up.