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    Review first posted on www.FantasyLiterature.com This story is another, very different take on the Bluebeard folk tale, from the point of view of Bluebeard s wife In this version, Althea, the wife, has two prying sisters who have annoyed and badgered her all her life As a result, Althea has a deep sympathy towards her husband s demand for the one room at the top of the tower in their manor to remain private So when he entrusts her with the key to the room, she informs him she really has no in Review first posted on www.FantasyLiterature.com This story is another, very different take on the Bluebeard folk tale, from the point of view of Bluebeard s wife In this version, Althea, the wife, has two prying sisters who have annoyed and badgered her all her life As a result, Althea has a deep sympathy towards her husband s demand for the one room at the top of the tower in their manor to remain private So when he entrusts her with the key to the room, she informs him she really has no interest in peeking in his room, and drops the key in an urn and just leaves it there.Ursula Vernon aka T Kingfisher commented on her blog, where she originally published this story I am honestly rather sympathetic to Althea here, because I would be the woman on camera going No, I had no idea he was a serial killer that nobody believes You get used to things, you don t have a suspicious mind, and well Knowing someone has done horribly evil things doesn t neatly replace all your knowledge of living with someone, does it What are you supposed to feel, and what do you really wind up feeling instead The twist here is an intriguing one, as Kingfisher explores the ramifications of Bluebeard s wife having this type of personality, but otherwise this version of the tale is very quick and one note Kingfisher s later retelling of Bluebeard, her YA novel The Seventh Bride, is muchimaginative and memorable.Free online on T Kingfisher s website

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    I read this very short story free online at retelling of Bluebeard from his last wife s perspective I read this very short story free online at retelling of Bluebeard from his last wife s perspective

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    Reviewed in our Short Fiction Monday column Reviewed in our Short Fiction Monday column

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