Front Cover
 Blue Beard
 Back Cover

Group Title: Aunt Mavor's toy books
Title: History of Bluebeard
Full Citation
Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00024351/00001
 Material Information
Title: History of Bluebeard
Series Title: Aunt Mavor's toy books
Alternate Title: Bluebeard
Physical Description: 8 p. : ;
Language: English
Creator: Evans, Edmund, 1826-1905 ( Printer , Engraver )
Routledge, Warne, & Routledge ( Publisher )
Publisher: Routledge, Warne and Routledge
Place of Publication: London
Manufacturer: Edmund Evans
Publication Date: [ca. 1880]
Subject: Publishers' advertisements -- 1880   ( rbgenr )
Folk tales -- 1880   ( rbgenr )
Bldn -- 1880
Genre: Publishers' advertisements   ( rbgenr )
Folk tales   ( rbgenr )
fiction   ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage: England -- London
General Note: Cover title.
General Note: Caption title: Bluebeard.
General Note: Includes publisher's advertisement.
Funding: Preservation and Access for American and British Children's Literature, 1870-1889 (NEH PA-50860-00).
 Record Information
Bibliographic ID: UF00024351
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature in the Department of Special Collections and Area Studies, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved, Board of Trustees of the University of Florida.
Resource Identifier: aleph - 001745434
oclc - 26265464
notis - AJF8215

Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Page 1
    Blue Beard
        Page 2
        Page 3
        Page 4
        Page 5
        Page 6
        Page 7
        Page 8
        Page 9
    Back Cover
        Page 10
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BLUE-BEARD.. _lI- -- ---c-- i------I.C-P----c---L--1------L -----Y--I1OLNCE up-on a time there was a ve-ry rich man, who li-ved in 4 mag-ni-fi-centcas-tle with wide do-mains. He had great quan-ti-ties of gold and sil-ver, andpre-ci-ous stones and mo-ney; but he was hid-e-ous-ly ug-ly, and what made himpe-cu-li-ar-ly dis-a-gree-a-ble, was that he had an e-nor-mous blue beard, whichlook-ed so strange and fright-ful, that the la-dies one and all de-cla-red theyne-ver could think of mar-ry-ing such a man. And yet for all this, Blue-Beardhad al-rea-dy been mar-ried six times, and al-ways to young and beau-ti-ful wo-men,so that he must have pos-sess-ed the se-cret of re-con-ci-ling the la-dies e-ven to ablue beard. As all his wives were dead, he wish-ed to mar-ry a-gain, and tur-nedhis thoughts to the fa-mi-ly of a la-dy in his neigh-bour-hood, who had two beau-ti-ful daugh-ters. But nei-ther of the young la-dies would con-sent to mar-ry a manwith a blue beard, more es-pe-ci-al-ly as his for-mer wives had all dis-ap-pear-edin a mys-te-ri-ous man-ner. Blue-Beard, how-e-ver, in-vi-ted the fa-mi-ly to hiscas-tle, with se-ve-ral o-ther friends and neigh-bours, and en-ter-tain-ed them allfor a week in so mag-ni-fi-cent a man-ner that e-ve-ry one was charm-ed withhim. He paid par-ti-cu-lar at-ten-tion to the young-er of the two daugh-ters;show-ed herall the cu-ri-o-si-ties of the cas-tle, and all the beau-ties of his groundsand was so kind and gra-ci-ous, that she soon be-gan to think his beard was notiso ve-ry blue, af-ter all, and that he was any-thing but a dis-a-gree-a-ble man.In fect, be-fore the week was en-ded she had con-sent-ed to be-come his wife.."*: 1 jiThe Baldwin LibraryUniversity^m q3 ofFlorida

The mar-ri-age took place short-ly af-ter-wards; and, for a time,they liv-ed ve-ry hap-pi-ly. They had just been mar-ri-ed onemonth when Blue-Beard said to his wife one morn-ing, that ur-gentbu-si-ness call-ed him a-way from home, and that he must beab-sent a-bout six weeks. He said he ho-ped she would makeher-self hap-py in the mean-time, and in-vite her friends to seeher; and he gave her the keys of all the cas-tle, of the rooms inwhich he kept his trea-sures, and of the chests which con-tain-edhis mo-ney and jew-els. "You may ex-a-mine e-ve-ry-thing," hesaid, "ex-cept one clo-set, which I call the blue cham-ber; it is atthe end of the gal-le-ry on the ground floor. I have par-ti-cu-larrea-sons for not wish-ing this room to be seen; and if you dis-o-beyme you will in-cur my high-est dis-plea-sure. This key o-pens thepas-sage lead-ing to the cham-ber, and this lit-tle key o-pens thecham-ber it-self. I leave them with you, to prove to you that Ihave e-ve-ry con-fi-dence in your dis-cre-tion."2

The name of the wife was Fa-ti-ma, and her sis-ter's name was Anne. Anmewas then stay-ing with Fa-ti-ma at the cas-tle, and they thought it would beplea-sant to have their two bro-thers there al-so, to keep them com-pa-ny whileBlue-Beard was a-way. So they sent for them, and they pro-mi-sed to come thenext day. In the mean-time, the sis-ters a-mu-sed them-selves in go-ing o-verthe cas-tle, and look-ing at e-ve-ry-thing they had not seen be-fore. 'But Fa-ti-mawas con-stant-ly think-ing of the blue cham-ber, and won-der-ing what it couldcon-tain, and why her bus-band did not wish her to see it; and at last her cu-ri-o-si-ty was so great that she could not re-sist it. Her sis-ter re-mind-ed her of herpro-mise, and of her bus-band's an-ger; but no-thing would do, see it she must.When they o-pen-ed the door lead-ing from the great gal-le-ry, they saw be-forethem nar-row, dark pas-sage with no light in it but what came from the o-pendoor, and this was just suf-fi-ci-ent to show them the clo-set at the end. Theydid not at all like this dis-mal look-ing place, still Fa-ti-ma would go on. Shereach-ed the clo-set, and with a trem-bling hand put the lit-tle key in-to the lock,turn-ed it, and push-ed o-pen the door. In her a-gi-ta-tion the key fell up-onthe floor..3

At first they could see no-thing, for the room was quite dark;so they o-pen-ed one of the shut-ters to let in the light, and whatwas their hor-ror when they saw the floor all co-ver-ed withclot-ted blood, and se-ve-ral dead bo-dies ly-ing a-gainst the walls tThese were Blue-Beard's for-mer wives, who had dis-ap-pear-ed,no one knew how, but who, it was now plain, had been bar-ba-rous-ly mur-der-ed by their cru-eI bus-band. With a shriek ofter-ror they ran out of the cham-ber, and reach-ed the gal-le-ry;but then they thought of the key and of the o-pen win-dowf anda still great-er ter-ror for-ced them back. They there-fore oncemore en-ter-ed that hor-rid cham-ber, pick-ed up the key, clo-sedthe shut-ter, lock-ed the door, and re-ti-red to their own room.4

Af-ter re-co-ver-ing a lit-tie from their fright, they look-ed at the key, andfound a spot of blood upon it. This they care-ful-ly wash-ed off, but there stillre-main-ed a stain. They then took sand and rub-bed the part, and, as theyfan-ci-ed, got it quite bright a-gain; but, to their as-to-nish-ment, the stain hadre-ap-pear-ed on the o-ther side of the key! They rub-bed a-gain, but all invain; as fast as they clear-ed it from one spot it re-ap-pear-ed on an-o-ther ; for,you must know, that the key was a fai-ry key. At last they were for-ced to giveup in des-pair. The next morn-ing, to their great sur-prise and a-larm, Blue-Beardsud-den-ly re-turn-ed, say-ing that he had re-ceiv-ed let-ters on the road, in-form-ing him that the bu-si-ness he went a-bout had been set-tied to his sa-tis-fac-tion.Short-ly af-ter-wards he ask-ed for his keys, and Fa-ti-ma went to fetch them.On her re-turn, he was walk-ing in the gar-den, and she pre-sent-ed them to him.with a trem-bling hand. "I do not see here the key of the blue cham-ber," hesaid, stern-ly. " I sup-pose I must have left it in my room," fal-ter-ed Fa-ti-ma."Bring it, then, im-me-di-ate-ly," said her bus-band, walk-ing in-to the cas-tle.5

She saw that it was in vain for her to at-tempt any fur-ther ex-cu-ses or de-lay, so she brought down the fa-tal key. "There is bloodup-on this key," said Blue-Beard, as soon as he look-ed at it. " Howdid it come there ?" Fa-ti-ma, trem-bling and con-fu-sed, said shedid not know. "You do know, ma-dam," said he, fierce-ly, "and Iknow too; you have o-pen-ed the blue chamber, a-gainst myor-ders. I hope you were pleas-ed with what you saw there; inan-o-ther mo-ment you will be there a-gain !" He seiz-ed her bythe hair, and drag-ged her a-long the ground; she shriek-ed, andim-plo-red his for-give-ness in the most pi-te-ous tones, but no-thing would move his stony heart. At last she en-treat-ed himto grant her a few mi-nutes to say her pray-ers, and speak to hersis-ter. "I give you one quar-ter of an hour," he said, "but nota mo-ment lon-ger."6

She flew to her room, told her sis-ter what had happened, beg-ged her to runto the top of the tow-er and see if her bro-thers were com-ing. "If you seethem,"she said, "wave your hand-ker-chief, and make signs to them to has-ten." Pre,sent-ly she call-ed out, "Sis-ter Anne! Sis-ter Anne! Do you see any-onecom-ing?" "I see no-thing," said Anne, "but the scorch-ing sun and thewa-ving grass." A few mi-nutes la-ter she a-gain call-ed out, " Anne! Sis-terAnne! Do you see any one com-ing?" "I only see," re-pli-ed Anne, " a great dustwhich ad-van-ces in this di-rec-tion." " Oh! is it my bro-thers?" "Alas! no," saidAnne, "I now see it is on-ly a flock of sheep !" Blue-Beard stood in the hallbe-low, with his drawn sci-mi-tar in his hand. " The time is up," he cri-ed atlast, " Come down !" " I am com-ing," said Fa-ti-ma. A-gain she call-ed toher sis-ter, "Sis-ter Anne! Sis-ter Anne! Do you see any one com-ing?" "Isee two horse-men com-ing, but they are a great way off." "God be prai-sed,"said Fa-ti-ma, "they are my bro-thers." Then Blue-Beard once more cri-edout, in a voice of thun-der that made the whole cas-tle ring, " Come down or Iwill fetch you." Fa-ti-ma de-scend-ed slow-ly, and threw her-self at her hus-band'sfeet. " Oh! mer-cy !" she cri-ed, " on-ly for a lit-tle while." "It is of no use,"he said, "you must die!"4T

1iA-gain he seiz-ed her by the hair, and rais-ed- his arm to strike;but just at that mo-ment the horn at the gate blew such a tre-men-dous blast that he al-most leap-ed from the ground with thestart, and fling-ing Fa-ti-ma a-side, he rush-ed out to see who thein-tru-der might be. The gate o-pen-ed, and two horse-men rodein-to the court, and at once leap-ed from their hor-ses. They werethe bro-thers. Blue-Beard pre-pa-red to de-fend him-self; butwhat could he do a-gainst two men fight-ing in such a cause? Hewas al-most im-me-di-ate-ly slain. As he left no heirs, Fa-ti-main-he-rit-ed all his wealth. She sha-red it li-be-ral-ly with herbro-thers, her sis-ter, and her mo-ther, and made pre-sents to allher o-ther friends. Af-ter a time she mar-ri-ed a-gain, and liv-edve-ry hap-pi-ly. But she ne-ver for-got the blue cham-ber or thefai-ry key; nor did she e-ver break a pro-mise or give way to anim-pro-per cu-ri-o-si-ty.8

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