The Bloody Chamber and Dracula

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Dracula and The Bloody Chamber quotes

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Sex

Bloody Chamber:

"and so my purchaser unwrapped his bargain"

"I longed for him. And he disgusted me"

Erl King:

"he strips me to my last nakedness... like a skinned rabbit"

The Lady of the House of Love:

"fanged rose I plucked from between my thighs, like a flower laid on a grave"

 

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Continued

Dracula:

"I felt in my heart a wicked, burning desire" Jonathan

"A voluptous smile" Lucy 

"white teeth that shone like pearls against the ruby of their voluptous lips" Brides

"when the bloody began to splurt out he... pressed my mouth to the wound, so that I must suffocate or swallow some of the- oh my god!" Mina

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Death/ Violence

The Bloody Chamber:

"a choker of rubies... like an extraordinarily precious slit throat"

"the dead lips smiled"

The Erl- King:

"with hands as gentle as rain, I shall strangle him"

The Company of Wolves:

"when he finished with her... wrapped the bones up in a napkin"

The Werewolf:

"she made a great swipe at it with her father's knife"

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Continued

Dracula:

"her white nightdress was smeared with blood" Mina 

"he looked like a figure of Thor as his untrembling arm rose and fell, driving deeper and deeper the mercy- bearing stake..." Arthur 

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Love

The Bloody Chamber:

"are you sure you love him? I'm sure I want to marry him"

The Courtship of Mr Lyon:

"he helplessly fell before her to kiss her hands"

Puss in Boots:

"I must and will have her forever"

Dracula:

"Your girls that you love are mine already" Dracula

"I must stop, for Jonathan is waking- I must attend to my husband" Mina 

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Transformation

The Courtship of Mr Lyon:

"her tears fell on his face like snow and, under their soft transformation... It was no longer a lion in her arms, but a man.."

The Bloody Chamber:

"away from girlhood... into the unguessable country of marriage"

The Lady of the House of Love:

"in death, she looked far less older, less beautiful, for the first time, fully human"

Tiger's Bride:

"I was a pale, hollowed- eyed girl whom I scarely recognised"

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Continued

Dracula:

"When we are married I shall be able to be useful to Jonathan" Mina 

"There was a deliberate volumptiousness which was both thrilling and repulsive, and as she arched her neck, she actually licked her lips like an animal" Jonathan- Lucy 

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Innocence/ Corruption of Innocence

The Courtship of Mr Lyon:

"this lovely girl, whose skin possesses that same, inner light so you would have though she, too was made all of snow"

The Bloody Chamber:

"the lilies I always assosiate with him; that are white. And stain you"

The Tiger's Bride:

"when I break off a stem, I ***** my finger and so he gets his rose all smeared with blood"

The Company of Wolves:

"the invisible pentacle of her own viginity. She is an unbroken egg..."

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Continued

Dracula:

"that there are good women still left to make life happy... good women whose lives and whose truths made good lesson for children" Mina 

"her nightdress was smeared with blood" Mina 

"Lucy's eyes unclean and full of hellfire" lack of innocence 

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Animals

The Courtship of Mr Lyon:

"their claws pierced the sheepskin as he shook him like an angry child shakes a doll"

The Tiger's Bride:

"he wears a mask with a man's face painted most beautifully on it" 

The Snow Child:

"The furs sprang off the Countess' shoulders and twined around the naked girl"

Dracula:

"I was dreadfully afraid and the horses shared my fear" Jonathan

"she liked her lips like an animal" The Brides

"both thrilling and repulsive, and as she arched her neck, she actually licked her lips like an animal" Jonathan- Lucy 

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Power

The Bloody Chamber:

"As though it was proof positive I was his master's wife"

The Tiger's Bride:

"my master's sole desire was to see the pretty young lady unclothed nude... after which she will be returned to her father"

The Snow Child:

"She was the child of his desire and the countess hated her" 

Dracula:

"I am noble... I am master" Dracula

"Your girls that you love are mine already" Dracula 

"You may go anywhere in the castle, except where the doors are locked" Dracula 

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Gender

The Tiger's Bride:

"my father lost me to the Beast at cards"

"I was a young girl, a virgin, and therefore men deied me rationality just as they denied to all those who were not the same as themselves"

The Company of Wolves:

"the girl burst out laughing; she was nobody's meat"

"between the tender paws of the wolf"

The Erl- King:

"skin the rabbit he says! Off come all my clothes"

The Bloody Chamber:

"I could not sleep, I lay tossing and turning in my ancestral bed"

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Continued

Dracula:

"We women have something of a mother in us" Mina

"When we are married I shall be able to be useful to Jonathan" Mina 

"Mina! She has a man's brain... and a woman's heart" -Mina

"Why can't a girl marry three men, or as many who want her?" Lucy 

"You will think me a horrid flirt" Lucy 

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