The Bloody Chamber

How is Angela Carters husband described? what impressions are conveyed by the description?

what impressions are conveyed by the description?

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The narrator of the story is never named. She is young, and has recently become engaged to an oder man against both her mother's wishes. Her husband is very wealthy, and true to fairy tale form lives in a castle.

Shortly after their marriage, her husband leaves town on business (or does he?). Our narrator is left with every key in the house and is specifically told she can do as she likes as long as she doesn't enter one room. That room is forbidden, and of course.......... she enters. He forbids her from entering one particular room, and of course she looks anyway. What does she find there? She finds the dead bodies of all three of her husbands' late wives; she's terrified.

The husband then returns home early, catching her where she's not supposed to be. He takes the bloody key and marks her forehead with blood, and then attempts to decapitate her, but is stopped in the act when shot by our narrator's mother who ride up on a horse..........

Thus we have wealth, "older," which really could mean any age, murderer, and then the following quote, which I believe provided the best description;

"a one of those cobra-headed, funereal lilies whose white sheaths are curled out of a flesh as thick and tensely yielding to the touch as vellum" (Page 969)

In this section, the narrator describes her husband as menacing, dark, harsh, tense; "cobra-headed": about to strike; like vellum (thick, strong paper), he is thick and unyielding/unbending. And thus I would assume....... quite a charmer!


The Bloody Chamber