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Mrs. Hurey
English 10
24 September 2012
Thief in the Night
He opened the window as quietly as he could. He knew the house was full of sleeping people, but wanted the adrenaline rush this was causing him. He walked to the bedroom and saw what he was looking for: jewelry. He had at last found the diamond ring he had longed for. Slowly walking back to the window somebody stirred in the next room. Rodger thought this was the end but jumped out of the window and ran back to headquarters. Rodger having a mysterious feel to him causes a dramatic story. The character Sargent Major Morris from the short story “The Monkey’s Paw” by W. W. Jacobs and the character The Red Death from the short story “The Masque of the Red Death” by Edgar Allen Poe share the similar character trait of being mysterious.

To begin, the character Sargent Major Morris from the short story “The Monkey’s Paw” by W. W. Jacobs contains the character trait of being mysterious. Morris was a man from distant lands and full of unknown stories. While he was at the White’s household, “…he squared his broad shoulders in the chair and spoke of wild scenes and daughty deeds; of wars and plagues and strange people” (Jacobs 33). This describes some of the topics that he discussed with Herbert and the others. This also says that he has a history of troubles and nobody knows all the facts about it. Another incident of mystery from Morris was when,” ‘Nothing,’ said the soldier, hastily. ‘Leastways nothing worth hearing.’ “(34). In this quote you can tell that Morris is hiding something and does not want them to know about it. Over all, Sargent Major Morris has a trait of mystery.

Furthermore, the character the Red Death from the short story “The Masque of the Red Death” by Edgar Allen Poe also shows the character trait of mysteriousness. He creeps into the Prince’s house and scares the guests. Nobody knows who or what he is and how he got in. The onlookers and other guests,”…in the crowd who had found...
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