Bluebeard - See Marquis
Bride - See Narrator
Heroine - See Narrator
Jean-Yves - He befriends the narrator and learns the fate of the Marquis' previous wives. Through him, readers learn of the long history in the area of the Marquis's family and their violent nature. His role is a subversion of the typical fairy-tale ending, in which the woman falls in love with the dashing hero.
Marquis - This large, leonine man has been married three times. He is such an enigma, his new bride is overwhelmed with curiosity and seeks to discover something about him as she rifles through his personal belongings. She discovers he is a "connoisseur" of pornography and is involved in an opium-dealing ring in Laos.
Mother - The daughter of a wealthy tea planter who spent her girlhood in Indo-China, she married a soldier of modest means, and when he...
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