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and they sent him backward and forward from one to the other. One of his neighbors. leaving to her the choice of which she would bestow on him. neither being able to make up her mind to marry a man who had a blue beard. both in town and country. But unhappily this man had a blue beard. Another thing which made them averse to him was that he had already married several wives. He asked for one of them in marriage. with their mother and three or four of their best friends. to become better acquainted. which made him so ugly and so terrible that all the women and girls ran away from him. and nobody knew what had become of them. a lady of quality.Once upon a time there was a man who had fine houses. a deal of silver and gold plate. with some young people of . had two daughters who were perfect beauties. took them. carved furniture. Blue Beard. and coaches gilded all over. They would neither of them have him.
to take them into the country. and that he was a very civil gentleman. About a month afterward Blue Beard told his wife that he was obliged to take a country journey for six weeks at least. if she pleased. but all passed the night in playing pranks on each other. He desired her to amuse herself well in his absence. everything succeeded so well that the youngest daughter began to think that the beard of the master of the house was not so very blue. In short. hunting. upon business of great importance. Nobody went to bed. the marriage was concluded. . and feasting.the neighborhood to one of his country seats. dancing. So as soon as they returned home. mirth. fishing. where they stayed a whole week. There was nothing going on but pleasure parties. to send for her friends. and to live well wherever she was.
which hold my money. after having embraced her." said he. these open my safes."Here." She promised to obey exactly all his orders. both gold and silver. these my caskets of jewels. so great was their impatience to see all the riches of her house. if you open it. not daring to come while her husband . got into his coach and proceeded on his journey. Open them all. it is the key of the closet at the end of the great gallery on the ground floor. which is not in everyday use. But as for this little key. go everywhere. but as for that little closet. Her neighbors and good friends did not stay to be sent for by the new-married lady. there's nothing that you may not expect from my anger. I forbid you to enter it. and he. and I promise you surely that. "are the keys of the two great warehouses wherein I have my best furniture: these are of the room where I keep my silver and gold plate. and this is the master-key to all my apartments.
Some of them were framed with glass. in which you might see yourself from head to foot. was not at all amused by looking upon all these rich things. couches. tables. They went up into the warehouses. They ceased not to praise and envy the happiness of their friend. and they could not sufficiently admire the number and beauty of the tapestry. Her curiosity was so great that. who. because of his blue beard. "If you open it. stands. beds. closets. and looking-glasses. and wardrobes. They at once ran through all the rooms. plain and gilded. 67. without considering how .was there. because of her impatience to go and open the closet on the ground floor. cabinets. and each seemed to surpass all others. in the meantime. which frightened them. there's Nothing you may not expect from my Anger. where was the best and richest furniture. the most beautiful and the most magnificent ever seen. which were so fine and rich. others with silver." p.
which she pulled out of the lock. and considering that unhappiness might attend her if she was disobedient. but the temptation was so strong she could not overcome it. thinking of her husband's orders. one after the other. because the windows were shut. fell out of her hand. She then took the little key. she stood still for some time. with such excessive haste that twice or thrice she came near breaking her neck. and the key. . After some moments she began to perceive that several dead women were scattered about the floor. At first she could not see anything plainly.) She thought she surely would die for fear. (These were all the wives whom Blue Beard had married and murdered. she went down a little back staircase. and opened the door. because they did not obey his orders about the closet on the ground floor. trembling.uncivil it was to leave her guests. [Pg 70]Having reached the closetdoor.
His wife did all she could to convince him she was delighted at his speedy return. and said he had received letters upon the road. . locked the door. so much was she frightened. Blue Beard returned from his journey that same evening. Having observed that the key of the closet was stained. when the stain was gone off from one side. she picked up the key. for the key was a magic key. The stain still remained. but the stain would not come out. informing him that the business which called him away was ended to his advantage. it came again on the other. and went upstairs into her chamber to compose herself. In vain did she wash it. she tried two or three times to wipe off the stain. but she could not rest.After having somewhat recovered from the shock. and even rub it with soap and sand. and she could never make it quite clean.
"How is it. which she gave him. "that the key of my closet is not among the rest?" "I must certainly." cried the poor woman. "You do not know!" replied Blue Beard. but with such a trembling hand that he easily guessed what had happened.Next morning he asked her for the keys. said to his wife:— "How comes this stain upon the key?" "I do not know. "I very well know." "Do not fail. Blue Beard." said he. "to bring it to me presently. You wished to go into the cabinet? . having examined it. paler than death. "have left it upstairs upon the table." said Blue Beard. she was forced to bring him the key." After having put off doing it several times." said she.
" "Since I must die. but Blue Beard had a heart harder than any stone. "half a quarter of an hour." "I give you.Very well. and said to her:— . and take your place among the ladies you saw there. "and that at once." She threw herself weeping at her husband's feet." When she was alone she called out to her sister. you shall go in." answered she. She would have melted a rock. but not one moment more. madam. madam. so beautiful and sor[Pg 72]rowful was she. "give me some little time to say my prayers." said he. "You must die. and begged his pardon with all the signs of a true repentance for her disobedience." replied Blue Beard. looking upon him with her eyes all bathed in tears.
or I shall come up to you. they promised me they would come to-day. which makes a dust. which looks green." . and the grass. give them a sign to make haste."Sister Anne. and the poor afflicted wife cried out from time to time:— "Anne. do you see any one coming?" And sister Anne said:— "I see nothing but the sun. to the top of the tower.—"go up." In the meanwhile Blue Beard. and look if my brothers are not coming. sister Anne." Her sister Anne went up to the top of the tower. cried to his wife as loud as he could:— "Come down instantly."—for that was her name. I beg you. holding a great sabre in his hand. and if you see them.
sister Anne. and the grass. "Anne. which makes a dust. which comes from this side. if you please. I see a flock of sheep. and then she cried out very softly. "or I will come up to you." "Are they my brothers?" "Alas! no. . and then she cried." "Come down quickly." said his wife." cried Blue Beard." replied sister Anne. dost thou not see any one coming?" "I see. my sister." "I am coming. which is green. "Anne. dost thou see anybody coming?" And sister Anne answered:— "I see nothing but the sun. "a great dust. sister Anne." answered his wife."One moment longer." "Will you not come down?" cried Blue Beard.
"One moment longer. "two horsemen. and looking at him with dying eyes. and then she cried out. desired . joyfully. I will make them a sign. sister Anne." Then Blue Beard bawled out so loud that he made the whole house tremble. and lifting up his sword in the air with the other. turning about to him. The distressed wife came down and threw herself at his feet. for them to make haste. "Anne. The poor lady. as well as I can." said she. taking hold of her hair with one hand. dost thou see nobody coming?" "I see. with her hair about her shoulders. all in tears." replied the poor wife." "God be praised. then. "they are my brothers. but they are yet a great way off. "All this is of no help to you." says Blue Beard: [Pg 74]"you must die"." said his wife. he was about to take off her head.
" and again lifting his arm— At this moment there was such a loud knocking at the gate that Blue Beard stopped suddenly. The poor wife was almost as dead as her husband. The gate was opened." said he. who. He ran away immediately. He knew them to be his wife's brothers. no. and presently entered two horsemen. one a dragoon. and had not strength enough to arise and welcome her brothers. Blue Beard had no heirs. "No. ran directly to Blue Beard. with sword in hand. the other a musketeer. There they ran their swords through his body. "commend thyself to God.him to afford her one little moment to her thoughts. and left him dead. and so his wife became mistress of all his estate. but the two brothers pursued him so closely that they overtook him before he could get to the steps of the porch. She made use of .
one portion of it to marry her sister Anne to a young gentleman who had loved her a long while. . another portion to buy captains' commissions for her brothers. and the rest to marry herself to a very worthy gentleman. who made her forget the sorry time she had passed with Blue Beard.
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