What does this passage say about the effect of the clock upon the guests?
“…while the chimes of the clock yet rang, it was observed that the giddiest grew pale, and the more aged and sedate passed their hands over their brows as if in confused reverie or meditation…”
Poe, Edgar Allen. The Masque of Red Death. Graham’s Magazine, 1842.
The clock was an unsettling reminder to the guests, both because it pulled them from their celebrations and because it signified the passing of time.
The clock reminded the guests of their lives outside of the prince’s abbey or castle.
The clock was noisy and cumbersome and caused the prince’s guest some agitation or frustration.
The clock was far too loud, and was widely regarded with distaste, despite the prince’s high regard for both the clock and the room in which it stood.
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