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The Tale of Bluebeard and His Many Wives.

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The Tale of Bluebeard and His Many Wives There was a man who had fine houses, both in town and country, a deal of silver and gold plate, embroidered furniture, and coaches covered all over with gold. But this man was so unlucky as to have a blue beard, which made him so frightfully ugly that all the women and girls ran away from him. One of his neighbors, a lady of quality, had two daughters who were perfect beauties. He desired one of them in marriage. Neither of them would have him, and sent him backward and forward from one another, not being able to bear the thought of marrying a man who had a blue beard and besides that was his having already been married to many wives, and nobody ever knew what became of them. Bluebeard to engage their affection took them, to one of his country homes where they stayed a whole week. Everything worked out so well that the youngest daughter began to think that Bluebeard was a very civil gentleman. ...read more.


(These were all the wives that Bluebeard had married and murdered, one after another.) She thought she should have died of fear, and the key that she pulled out of the lock fell out of her hand. After having somewhat recovered her surprise, she picked up the key, locked the door, and went upstairs into her room to recover herself; but she couldn't, she was so frightened. Having seen that the key for the closet was stained with blood. She tried two or three times to wipe it off, but the blood would not come off; she washed it, and even rubbed it with soap and sand. But the blood still remained, for the key was magical and she could never make it quite clean; when the blood was gone off from one side, it came again on the other. Bluebeard returned from his journey the same day, and said he had gotten letters upon the road, informing him that the affair he went about was ended to his advantage. His wife did all she could to convince him that she was extremely glad of his return. ...read more.


Will you not come down?" cried Bluebeard." One moment longer," said his wife. Then Bluebeard bawled out so loud that he made the whole house tremble. The distressed wife came down, and threw herself at his feet, all in tears, with her hair about her shoulders. Bluebeard took hold of her hair with one hand, and lifting up the sword with the other, he was going to take off her head. The poor lady, turning about to him, and looking at him with dying eyes, desired him to give her one little moment to collect herself." No, no," he said. At this very instant there was such a loud knocking at the gate that Bluebeard made a sudden stop. The gate was opened, and presently entered two horsemen, who, drawing their swords, ran directly to Bluebeard. He knew them to be his wife's brothers so he threw his wife to the floor and killed the horsemen. In shock the wife tried to get away but was too slow. When bluebeard caught her she too joined bluebeards other wives in the closet along with others that joined after until bluebeard was murdered. And so ends the tale of bluebeard and his many wives. The End By: Chad Scobie 8-4 ...read more.

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