His desire is the young, closely-guarded wife of Signor Panteleone. I made my decision to explore it before I felt a faint resurgence of my ill-defined fear of his waxen stillness.
I could not restrain a sob. Only two are completely original to this collection, though many were revised or changed slightly from their previously published versions for this collection.
The bloody chamber he takes her to his castle, she discovers his collection of pornographic images and takes pleasure in her embarrassment. He was much older than I; there were streaks of pure silver in his dark mane. I know quite well that this child I've bought with a handful of coloured stones and the pelts of dead beasts won't run away.
I could not restrain a sob.
As it was, when nobody came to help him with his coat, he took it off himself. As though nothing had happened.
I grew calmer under the cold eye of her disapproval. Outside our firelit privacy, I could hear the sound of the tide drawing back from the pebbles of the foreshore; it was nearly time for him to leave me. The next day, we were married.
He had prevailed upon my reluctant mother to let him buy my trousseau; what would I have gone to him in, otherwise. It makes me sad that in our current times, books of dubious to put it mildly quality have transformed such haunting and fascinating creatures into a fad of a horrible pop culture.
We know we are the source of many whisperings and much gossip but the three of us know the truth of it and mere chatter can never harm us.
Yet I was still rilled with unease. Child that I was, I giggled when she left me. She is saved at the last moment at the end of the story by her mother, who bursts into the mansion and shoots the Marquis just as he is about to murder the girl.
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From the creators of SparkNotes. The Bloody Chamber (or The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories) is a collection of short fiction by English writer Angela Carter.
It was first published in the United Kingdom in by Gollancz and won the Cheltenham Festival Literary Prize. “The Bloody Chamber” is a pulse-racing revision of the Bluebeard legend, and “Puss in Boots” had me laughing out loud at the bravado of the randy old cat.
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The Bloody Chamber I remember how, that night, I lay awake in the wagon-lit in a tender, delicious ecstasy of excitement, my burning cheek pressed against the impeccable linen of the pillow and the pounding of my heart mimicking that of the great pistons ceaselessly thrusting the train that bore me.
The Bloody Chamber. I remember how, that night, I lay awake in the wagon-lit in a tender, delicious ecstasy of excitement, my burning cheek pressed against the impeccable linen of the pillow and the pounding of my heart mimicking that of the great pistons ceaselessly thrusting the train that bore me through the night, away from Paris, away from girlhood, away from the white, enclosed quietude.The bloody chamber