Bloody Chamber Collection Key Quotes

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The Bloody Chamber

Sex/Virginity

-"I had ceased to be her daughter in becoming his wife".

-"The lillies that I associate with him are white and stain you"

-"My little nun has found the prayer books"

-"We do not hang the bloody sheets to prove you are a virgin"

-"It was my innocence that captivated him"

-"Did it hurt her? He's so sorry for it"

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The Bloody Chamber

Setting

-"November.. the trees stunted by atlantic gales"

-"A home neither on land or water... a mysterious place"

-"Absolute darkness, and around me the instruments of mutilation"

-"Castle of murder"

-"a winding corridor"

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The Bloody Chamber

Relationships

-"When I thought of courage I thought of my mother"

-"Every man must have a secret"

-"I was too deluded by his apparent taste for me"

-"Let the blind lead the blind"

-"My lover would not let me die"

-"Are you sure you love him?"... "I'm sure I want to marry him"

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The Bloody Chamber

Transgression

-"Shall I come up to heaven and fetch you down?... You wicked woman".

-"I was seventeen and knew nothing of the world".

-"I saw myself as I could wish to be".

-"Perhaps I thought my own particular magic might save me... give me the power to free myself from him."

-"A potential for corruption".

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The Bloody Chamber

Classic Gothic Features

-"I only did what he knew I would".

-"so grotesque, a carnival head".

-"This child of the land of vampires"

-"The atrocious lonliness of that monster".

-"The mark of Cain".

-"Mirrors... that reflected more white lillies than I've seen in my life before".

-"Imagine myself the queen of the sea". 

-"Of her apparel, she retains only her sonorous jewellery".

-"Those blazing rubies".

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The Tiger's Bride

Sex/Virginity

-"I was a virgin, and therefore men deprived me rationality".

-"I lost my pearl... my pearl beyond price".

-"When I break off the stem, I ***** my finger so his rose gets all smeared with blood".

-"I wish I'd rolled in the hay every lad on my father's farm".

-"Take my clothes off for you, like a ballet girl, is that all you want of me?".

-"The sight of a young lady's skin that no man has ever seen before".

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The Tiger's Bride

Setting

-"It was a world in itself, but it was a dead one".

-"So still with winter that it hardly seemed to flow"

-"We are at war with nature".

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The Tiger's Bride

Relationships

-"She soon died of his whoring, his agonizing repentances".

-"You must not think he valued me at any less than a king's ransom".

-"The beast had wanted very little compared to what I was willing to give him".

-"He will you gobble you up".

-"He was far more frightened of me than I was of him".

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The Tiger's Bride

Transgression

-"The tiger will never lie down with the lamb.. the lamb must learn to run with the tigers".

-"I was a wild wee thing".

-"I shurgged the drops off my beautiful fur".

-"I could see not one soul in that wilderness of desolation... insubstantial things".

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The Tiger's Bride

Typical Gothic Features

-"we owned the fireworks of the northern lights".

-"he is a carnival figure made of papier mache".

-"my fathers soul was in peril".

-"The masked, immense one".

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The Courtship of Mr Lyon

Sex/Virginity

-"White roses".

-"Her face was acquiring, instead of beauty, a lacquer of the invincible prettiness that characterizes certain, pampered cats".

-"roses, as if this year they wouldn't bloom".

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The Courtship of Mr Lyon

Setting

-"spilled bolt of bridal satin".

-"the nature of the moon and it's borrwed light, about the stars and the substances of which they were made".

-"It seemed December still possessed his garden".

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The Courtship of Mr Lyon

Relationships

-"she would have gone to the ends of the earth for her father".

-"she could not bring herself to touch him of her own free will".

-"Mr & Mrs Lyon" - she takes his surname.

-"If you'll have me I'll never leave you".


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The Courtship of Mr Lyon

Transgression

-"When the sky darkened towards the evening".

-"She experienced a sudden sense of perfect freedom".

-"All the natural laws of the world were held in suspension".


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The Courtship of Mr Lyon

Typical Gothic Features

-He  was irradiated, as if with a kind of halo, and she thought of the great beast of the apocalypse".

-"with an indescribable shock he went on all fours".

-"A collection of French fairytales about white cats who were transformed princesses and fairies who were birds".

-"The enchantment of that bright, sad, pretty place enveloped her and she found that, against all her expectations, she was happy there".

-"and then it was no longer a lion in her arms but a man, a man with an unkempt mane of hair and a broken nose, such noses of retired boxers".

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The Lady of the House of Love

Sex/ Virginity

-"now she is a woman, she must have men".

-"He has the special quality of virginity".

-"A white lace negligee, stained a little with blood".

-"A whore's mouth"

-"seductive"

-"She looked like a shipwrecked bride".

-"I will be very gentle".

-"See how I'm ready for you. I've always been ready for you".

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The Lady of the House of Love

Setting

-"Too many shadows, even at midday".

-"Dark, high house".

-"All the roses her dead mother planted have grown into a huge, spiked wall that incarcerates her".

-"A single kiss woke up the sleeping beauty in the wood".

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The Lady of the House of Love

Setting

-"Too many shadows, even at midday".

-"Dark, high house".

-"All the roses her dead mother planted have grown into a huge, spiked wall that incarcerates her".

-"A single kiss woke up the sleeping beauty in the wood".

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The Lady of the House of Love

Relationships

-"Her huge dark eyes almost broke his heart".

-"his eyes roll back in a spasm you will mistake for love and not of death".

-"I shall cure her of these nightmares".

-"She is the hereditary commander of the army of shadows".

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The Lady of the House of Love

Transgression

-"In her dream, she would like to be human".

-"Can a bird sing only the song it knows? Or can it learn a new song?".

-"She does not possess herself".

-"I was only an invention of darkness".

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The Lady of the House of Love

Typical Gothic Features

-"cracked mirror that does not reflect a presence".

-"she is so beautiful she is unnatural".

-"curiouser and curiouser".

-"out of their whits with ghost stories".

-"she likes to hear it announce how it cannot escape".

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