THE BLOODY CHAMBER

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  • THE BLOODY CHAMBER
    • THE BLOODY CHAMBER
      • A teenage girl marries a French Marquis, whom she does not love.
        • She is a talented pianist, a a blind piano tuner hears her music and falls in love with her.
          • The woman's husband must leave on a business trip and forbids her to enter one particular room.
            • She enters the room anywar and realises the full extent of his murderous tendencies when she finds the bodies of his previous wives.
              • Marquis returns home prematurely, discovers that she has entered the room and proceeds to try to add her to his collection of corpses.
                • She is saved at the last moment at the end of the story by her mother, who shoots the Marquis just as he is about to murder the girl.
                  • The girl, her mother and the piano tuner go on to live together, and the girl uses her now considerable fortune to convert the castle into a school for blind children.
      • "I had, in some way, ceased to be her child in becoming a wife"
        • "marvellous castle"
          • "I was seventeen and knew nothing of the world"
            • "can mask that red mark on my forehead"
              • "single, irreproachable bullet through my husband's head"
                • "the bloody token stuck"
    • THE TIGERS BRIDE
      • A woman moves in with a mysterious, masked "Milord," the Beast, after her father loses her to him in a game of cards.
        • Milord is eventually revealed to be a tiger.
          • the heroine transforms at the end into a glorious tiger who is the proper mate to the Beast, who will from now on be true to his own nature and not disguise himself as a human
      • "my father lost me to the Beast at cards"
        • "the lion lies down with the lamb"
          • "white rose"
            • "his rose all smeared with blood"
              • "I shrugged the drops off my beautiful fur"
    • THE COURTSHIP OF MR LYON
      • Beauty's father, after experiencing car trouble, takes advantage of a stranger's hospitality.
        • However, his benefactor – the Beast – takes umbrage when he steals a miraculous white rose for his beloved daughter.
          • Beauty later returns to her father, where she almost forgets the Beast, causing him to suffer from heartache. When Beauty learns that he is dying, she returns, saving him.
            • Beauty and the Beast disclose their love for one another and the Beast's humanity is revealed. They live happily ever after.
      • "she felt herself to be, Miss Lamb, spotless, sacrificial"
        • "in awe of a young girl"
          • "she was happy there"
            • "sense of perfect freedom"
              • "the Beast was dying"
    • Conventions of the Gothic
      • SETTING: CASTLE IN COURTSHIP, ISOLATED IN SNOWCHILD AND LADY OF THE HOUSE
      • Forbidden knowledge: going into the forbidden room in title story

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