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    Beauty - beautiful women

    Hello,

    I have a Czech translation of The Masque Of The Red Death in which the word Beauty refers to beautiful women, according to the translator. Is it really so?

    But the Prince Prospero was happy and dauntless and sagacious. When his dominions were half depopulated, he summoned to his presence a thousand hale and light-hearted friends from among the knights and dames of his court, and with these retired to the deep seclusion of one of his castellated abbeys. This was an extensive and magnificent structure, the creation of the prince's own eccentric yet august taste. A strong and lofty wall girdled it in. This wall had gates of iron. The courtiers, having entered, brought furnaces and massy hammers and welded the bolts. They resolved to leave means neither of ingress or egress to the sudden impulses of despair or of frenzy from within. The abbey was amply provisioned. With such precautions the courtiers might bid defiance to contagion. The external world could take care of itself. In the meantime it was folly to grieve, or to think. The prince had provided all the appliances of pleasure. There were buffoons, there were improvisatori, there were ballet-dancers, there were musicians, there was Beauty, there was wine. All these and security were within. Without was the "Red Death."

    Edgar Alan Poe, The Masque Of The Red Death, 1842

    Thanks a lot.
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    Re: Beauty - beautiful women

    Not necessarily, no.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

    — Arthur Schopenhauer

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    Re: Beauty - beautiful women

    There certainly are other kinds of beauty besides feminine beauty. It is true that "beauty" is used as a noun in such phrases as "What a beauty!" or "a bevy of beauties".

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