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.
The mask answered, "Though you have so ingeniously discovered me, I must still speak in the same voice, lest I should be known by others.
To which the mask answered, "And are you so little versed in the sex, to imagine you can well affront a lady more than by entertaining her with your passion for another woman?
This mask was one of those ladies who go to a masquerade only to vent ill-nature, by telling people rude truths, and by endeavouring, as the phrase is, to spoil as much sport as they are able.
Now was the moment for thinking of ourselves, and again that infernal mask
which Raffles swore by came near the undoing of us both.
In truth I must have given them fair cause, though my mask
was now torn away and hid nothing but my left ear.
He might have wandered on till now, but in a little room there was a young lady who had taken off her mask
, on account of the place being very warm, and was sitting there alone.
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.
Through the slits in the grotesque mask she could see his eyes upon her and she guessed the sardonic smile that the mask hid.
They saw him raise his hand and snatch off the golden mask, and Tara of Helium in wide-eyed incredulity looked up into the face of Turan the panthan.
When she saw the boy, at whose face she looked hard through her shining eyes and mask, she said, "Monsieur n'est pas joueur?
He was standing close by the lady in the mask, who was playing with pretty good luck now, and looking on much interested at the game.
said the little woman in a sad voice, and undoing her mask, she looked at him.
He was not masked
--there was too much life in him, and a mask
is only a lifeless thing; but he presented himself essentially as an actor, as a human being aggressively disguised.
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