This month has marked one year since we’ve had to seriously take precautions against COVID-19.  One year of social distancing, cancelled plans, missing holidays and birthdays.  And, of course, wearing masks.

Instead of staying sad about the fact we still have to do this – let’s take a look at some book characters who wore a mask before it was mandatory!

 

The Dread Pirate Roberts in The Princess Bride by William Goldman

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Anyone who lived through the 1980s may find it impossible—inconceivable, even—to equate The Princess Bride with anything other than the sweet, celluloid romance of Westley and Buttercup, but the film is only a fraction of the ingenious storytelling you’ll find in these pages. Rich in character and satire, the novel is set in 1941 and framed cleverly as an “abridged” retelling of a centuries-old tale set in the fabled country of Florin that’s home to “Beasts of all natures and descriptions. Pain. Death. Brave men. Coward men. Strongest men. Chases. Escapes. Lies. Truths. Passions.”

 

Zorro in The Mark of Zorro by Johnston McCulley

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Timid Don Diego Vega grows faint at even the mention of bloodshed and would rather read poetry than defend his own honor. No one suspects that the effete aristocrat is living a double life as Zorro the fox, bold fighter of injustice, whose sword is ever ready to defend the poor and oppressed against a corrupt governor and his merciless army. Zorro’s charade fools even the spirited Lolita Pulido, whose father forces her to endure the listless wooing of Don Diego while her heart belongs to the masked hero who laughs in the face of danger.

 

The King’s Brother (Philippe) in The Man In The Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas

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When Aramis, one of the three musketeers, discovers that the king of France has a twin brother, he plans a coup d’état in an attempt to secretly replace King Louis with his brother Philippe. Entrusting his secret plan to Porthos, Raoul, and D’Artagnan, the friends pit themselves against the power of the French monarchy.

 

 

 

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