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-disease called the Red Death has struck the country and it's already killed off half the kingdom
-the ruler, Prince Prospero, doesn't seem to care about his poor, dying subjects, he decides that he and a thousand of his favorite knights and ladies will shut themselves up in a castle to have one never-ending party
-After the last guest enters, no one else can get in—the Prince has welded the doors shut. That means no one can get out, either
-five or six months into his stay, Prospero decides to have a spectacular masquerade ball
-The ball takes place in a suite of seven rooms, each one dressed up in a different color: blue, purple, green, orange, white, violet, and black
-The black room, which looks like death, is awfully creepy with dark black walls, blood red windows, and big black clock which chimes so eerily every hour that everybody at the party stops dancing and laughs nervously
-when the clock strikes midnight, everyone stops dancing and falls momentarily silent, as usual
-some of the dancers notice a guest no one had seen before, wearing a scandalous costume, he's decided to dress as a corpse who died of the Red Death. He's so frighteningly lifelike he freaks everybody out, and he slowly starts "stalking" through the frightened crowd
-When Prince Prospero sees the ghostly guest, he's furious that someone would have the nerve to wear such a costume, and orders him to be seized and unmasked. But no one has the guts to do it, including Prospero himself.
-The Red Death masquerader passes within a few feet of the Prince and starts to walk through the rooms, heading toward the black room. Prospero loses it and runs after him in a rage, drawing his dagger as he approaches. But just as Prospero reaches the edge of the black room, the corpselike guest suddenly whirls around to face him, and Prospero falls to the ground, dead
-The shocked crowd throws itself at the guest, only to discover in horror that there's nothing underneath the mask and costume. The Red Death itself has come to the party. One by one the guests die, spilling their blood all over Prospero's lavish rooms. The candles go out, leaving only "darkness, decay, and the Red Death.
-Jonathan Iwegbu considers himself very lucky after having survived the Nigerian Civil War, -most of his family - his wife (Maria Iwegbu), and three of the four children - survived with him and he held on to his old bicycle.
-Because of his luck, he embraces the way his neighbors now greet one another: "Happy Survival!"
-he knows his bike is nowhere as valuable as his family but he almost lost the bike during the war, when an army officer dressed in rags attempted to commandeer it.
-Senses a "certain lack of grip and firmness in his manner," Jonathan bribed the army officer and Jonathan buried the bicycle for safe-keeping, in the same clearing where his son and other casualties from the camp were interred
-After the war, he retrieves it, still in good condition. Feeling blessed with this good luck, he muses, "Nothing puzzles God."
-Uses the bike to start a taxi service, he soon accumulates a "small fortune", which funds his return to his hometown, Enugu. where he finds his house is still standing. Though it is small and hand-constructed from zinc, wood, and cardboard, it has survived relatively unscathed whereas most of the surrounding bigger buildings have been destroyed
-He collects what he needs to repair the house, and then hires a poor carpenter for the labor, he moves his family back home, and they return to work
-His children pick mangoes to sell to soldiers' wives, while Maria makes breakfast cakes to sell to the neighbors. Jonathan himself opens a palm-wine bar for soldiers and other people with money. He occasionally visits the Coal Corporation, where he had worked before the war, but it shows no signs of reopening.
-After days standing in line to turn in his rebel currency, Jonathan receives 20 pounds from the government Treasury. This payment - which is "like Christmas for him and many others" - is known as an ex-gratia award, or an award given not out of legal obligation, but as a gift. Because few can pronounce the term, it is known as egg-rasher.
-Jonathan is very nervous about losing the money, after having seen a robbery victim collapse in desperation when he discovered his award had been pick-pocketed, To protect it he balls the bills in his fist and stuffs his hand in his pocket, keeping his eyes down to avoid running into anyone on his way home
-remains anxious during the rest of the day, and has trouble falling asleep that night. Soon after he finally drifted off, he wakes to the sound of someone knocking at his door. He asks who knocks, and the man identifies himself as thief with people."
-Maria immediately screams for help, and Jonathan and the children soon join her, calling to both the neighbors and the police. They stop after a few moments, to hear only silence. The thief leader then mockingly offers to help, leading his thief chorus into even louder cries for help. Jonathan realizes there are least five other men with the leader.
-Having proven his point - nobody will come to help the family - the thief leader mockingly asks if he should now call for soldiers. Jonathan tells them not to bother, The thief leader then asks for 100 pounds, and insists they will not hurt the family. He wants "no Civil War again," only a "Civil Peace."

Jonathan offers 20 pounds to them, Some of the group insists he must be lying and insist they search the house,The leader silences them and accepts
-The next morning, neighbors visit to express their sympathy. They find the family already hard at work preparing for the day - Jonathan strapping a wine jug to his bike, Maria cooking breakfast cakes, and his son cleaning old wine bottles. It is as if nothing had happened.
-Jonathan tells his neighbors that the loss of the egg-rasher money was nothing to him, as he had lost much more than that in the war. He ends by saying, "Nothing puzzles God."