The Bloody Chamber Characters

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Bluebeard

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Heroine

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Marquis

Modeled after the legendary figure of Bluebeard, the wife-murderer of legend and lore, much of the Marquis's character remains a mystery. He is "much older" than his seventeen-year-old bride, but his exact age is not given. He is as "rich as Croesus," the ancient Lydian king, and lives in a forbidding castle surrounded by a moat. A Marquis, he comes from a long line of French aristocrats, but seems to have no family. This large, leonine man has been married three times, but each of his wives has died mysteriously, though he shows no grief. Because the Marquis 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 while he disappears mysteriously on business during their honeymoon. She discovers a few clues to his character: evidence that...

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