The Bloody Chamber Stories


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    • Bloody Chamber
      • Marquis
        • "At once he close my legs like a book"
          • "my little nun has found the prayerbooks"
            • "baby mustn't play with grown up toys"
          • "a dozen husbands impaled a dozen brides"
        • "He made me put my choker on"
          • "give it me back, whore" (the ring)
        • "i could see the dark, leonine shape of his head"
          • "but sometimes he seemed to me like a lily"
            • "that are white. And stain you"
            • "the face lay underneath this mask"
        • "not the key to my heart, rather the key to my enfer"
          • "the lustratory ritual and the ceremonial robing; after that, the sacrifice"
      • The Girl
        • "I'm sure i want to marry him"
          • "i was only a little girl, i did not understand"
        • "a choker of rubies, two inches wide, like an extraordinarily precious slit throat"
          • "i found that i was trembling. My breath came thickly"
            • "i began to shudder like a racehorse before a race" (fear/arousal)
            • "when i had first seen my flesh in his eyes"
          • "i had been infinitely dishevelled by the loss of my virginity"
        • "i longed for him. And he disgusted me"
      • Mother
        • "are you sure you love him"
          • defiantly beggared herself for love"
            • "you never saw such a wild thing as my mother"
              • "her skirt tucked around her waist... clasped my father's service revolver"
                • "took aim and put a single, irreproachable bullet through my husband's head"
                • "she borrowed old Dobbin from a bemused farmer"
        • "my eagle feature indomitable"
          • "shot a man eating tiger with her own hand"
    • The Company of Wolves
      • The Girl
        • "who'd knitted her a red shawl that, today has the ominous if brilliant look of blood on snow"
          • "she is an unbroken egg' she is a sealed vessel"
            • "took of her scarlet shawl, the colour of poppies, the colour of sacrifices, the colour of her menses..."
        • "Her practiced hand sprang to the handle of her knife"
          • "The girl burst out laughing; she knew she was nobody's meat..."
            • "this young man had a remarkable object in his pocket"
        • "she has been too much loved to ever feel scared"
      • The Wolf
        • "so little flesh on them that you could count the starveling ribs through their pelts"
        • "the rime of saliva on the grizzled chops"
          • "the lean and famished"
        • "the wolf is carnivore incarnate and he's cunning as he is ferocious"
          • "wavering howl, has for all it's fearful resonance, some inherent sadnesss"
        • "devastating eyes as red as a wound"
      • The G-Ma
        • "throws her apron and then her bible at him"
        • "The grandfather clock ticks away her eroding time"
        • "he burned the inedible hair..wrapped the bones up in a napkin"
    • The Snow Child
      • The Count
        • "i want a girl as white/red as  snow/blood"
        • "weeping"
        • "thrust his virile member in to the dead girl"
        • "the count picked up the rose...handed it to his wife"
        • "ii'll buy you new gloves"
      • The Countess
        • "how shall i rid of her"
        • "dive in and fetch it for me"
        • "now the countess was as bare as a bone"
        • "reined in her stamping mare"
        • "it bites!"
      • the girl
        • "pricks her finger on the thorn; bleeds; screams; falls."
        • "then the girl began to melt"
      • setting
        • "midwinter-invincible, immaculate
        • "fresh snow had already fallen"
    • The Lady of the House of Love
      • setting
        • juliets tomb
          • winding staircase
      • the girl
        • her claws and teeth have been sharpened on centuries of corpses
        • a child dressing up in her mothers clothes
        • she counts out the tarot cards...
      • Symbols/imagery
        • the tarot always show the same configuration
        • heavy scent of roses
          • the flower did not seem to be quite dead
            • dark, fanged rose i plucked from between my thighs
      • isolation
        • she is the last bud of the poison tree
      • he will learn to shudder in the trenches

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