Weary from being so busy back in the Kingdom, Sammi decided to take a walk to get some fresh air. As she walked along the path, she suddenly saw something glint, bright as a star, out of the corner of her eye. Determined to see what it was, Sammi made a beeline for the object.
It was a key.
As she stooped down to pick it up, she heard, “I do believe that it mine.”
Straightening up, Sammi was shocked to see that the speaker was a rather mature man with a very blue beard. Politely (and trying not to stare at the weird sight), she handed him the key, and he thanked her in a gruff voice and moved on.
Sammi watched him retreat down the road and was reminded on a story she had read… the story of Bluebeard.
Despite the moral at the end (which Sammi concurred, in agreement with King Esa, rather hindered the point of fairytales), Sammi decided she liked Perrault’s Bluebeard the best. She found it particularly interesting that the story talked about the friends of Bluebeard’s wife (none of the other versions did more than mention outside characters), all of whom delayed a visit to Bluebeard’s home “because of his blue beard, which frightened them.” Sammi found it interesting that they were scared because, of all of the archetypal meanings of blue (tranquility, beauty, royalty), none of them were to be feared.
Sammi also loved that, though the wife did not rescue herself, she was still clever enough to allow time for assistance to come, asking to have “a little time to say [her] prayers.” Furthermore, the anticipation of Bluebeard’s attack gave a suspenseful and more frightening appeal to the story, which is what had drawn Sammi in as a child. This version, incidentally, was also very close to the one Sammi had read as a young girl, so the story came with her own nostalgic memories.
Though Sammi had to admit that she really did like the versions in which the “wife” had her intended killed by telling the story as a dream, this story had always stuck out to her, and really epitomized what she felt Bluebeard was all about.
To be continued…