The Bloody Chamber: Main Character Quotes


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Main Characters
The Bloody Chamber (The female narrator)
"away from Paris, away from girlhood"
"it had slipped over my young girl's pointed breasts and shoulders"
"I was 17 and knew nothing of the world"
"I, the poor widow's child with my mouse-coloured hair that still bore the kinks of the plaits from which it
had so recently been freed, my bony hips, my nervous, pianist's fingers"
"And I saw myself, suddenly, as he saw me, my pale face, the way the muscles in my neck stuck out like
thin wire"
"And, for the first time in my innocent and confined life, I sensed in myself a potentiality for corruption that
took my breath away"
"I, the orphan, hired out of charity"
"I, the little music student whose mother had sold her jewellery, even her wedding ring, to pay the fees at
the Conservatoire"
"Yet I had been infinitely dishevelled by the loss of my virginity"
"I was only a little girl, I did not understand"
The Courtship of Mr Lyon (The girl)
"This lovely girl, whose skin possesses that same, inner light too you would have thought she, too, was
made of all snow"
"his girl-child, his pet"
"do not think she had no will of her own; only, she was possessed by a sense of obligation to an unusual
degree and, besides, she would gladly have gone to the ends of the earth for her father, for whom she
loved dearly."
"a young girl who looked as if she had been carved out of a single pearl"
"Beauty would pass the day in her suit reading or, perhaps, doing a little embroidery"
"She smiled at her self with satisfaction"
"Her face was acquiring, instead of beauty, a lacquer of the invincible prettiness that characterises certain
pampered, exquisite, expensive cats."
The Tigers Bride (The Bride)
"My farther lost me to The Beast at cards"
"Since I could toddle, always the pretty one, with my glossy, nut-brown curls, my rosy cheeks"
"I was a wild wee thing and she could not tame me into submission with a frown or a bribe of a spoonful of
"I wished I'd rolled in the hay with every lad on my fathers farm, to disqualify myself from this humiliating
"I always adored horses"
" I was a young girl, a virgin, and therefore men denied me rationality"
"I was a proud girl"
The Erl-King (The Erl-King)
"His eyes are quite green"
"He knows all about the wood and the creatures in it."
"He is and excellent housewife."
"He is the tender butcher"
"shows his white, pointed teeth with the spittle gleaming on them."
"his hair that is the colour of dead leaves"
The Snow Child (The snow child)
"white skin, red mouth, black hair and stark naked; she was the child of his desire"
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The Lady of the House of Love ( )
" Wearing an antique bridal gown, the beautiful queen of the vampire sits all alone"
"Here voice is filled with distant sonorities, like reverberations in a cave"
"She is so beautiful she is unnatural; her beauty is an abnormality, a deformity"
"Her beauty is a symptom of her disorder, of her soullessness."
"The white hands of the tenebrous belle deal the hand of destiny.…read more


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