Big Words

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So I read this before in sixth grade and I didn't know a lot of the words. I read it again and I was surprised that I still didn't understand many of the words and that was keeping me from knowing the meaning of parts of the story.

For example, I didn't know at the end what "finding the grave cerements and corpse-like mask...unentenated by any tangible form" (emphasis added 360). I figured from the combination of the prefix "un" and the word "tenant" to mean no one lived there, but I wasn't sure so I looked it up.

Unentenated = uninhabitated

Cerements = cloth the dead are wrapped in

This in combination with the description "from head to foot in the habiliments of the grave. The mask which concealed the visage was made so nearly to resemble the countenance of a stiffened corpse..." (359) led me to the conclusion that this intruder is a zombie that was killed by the Red Death and infected with the zombie gene/thingy and came back to eat/kill the last people alive.


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