Once on a time there was a man who had fine town and country houses, gold and silver plate, embroidered furniture, and coaches gilt all over; but unfortunately,
Read alsoThe Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault
Chios Classics brings literature’s greatest works back to life for new generations.All our books contain a linked table of contents.Charles Perrault was a French author best known for his famous fairy tales. Perrault’s collected fairy tales include the stories of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty, and many others.
this man had a blue beard, which made him look so ugly and terrible, that there was not a woman or girl who did not run away from him. One of his neighbours, a lady of quality, had two daughters, who were
perfectly beautiful. He proposed to marry one of them, leaving her to choose which of the two she would give him. Neither of them would have him; and they sent him from one to the other, not being able to make up their
minds to marry a man who had a blue beard. What increased their distaste to him was, that he had had several wives already, and nobody knew what had become of them.
Blue Beard, in order to cultivate their
acquaintance, took them, with their mother, three or four of their most intimate friends, and some young persons who resided in the neighbourhood, to one of his country seats, where they passed an entire week. Nothing was thought
of but excursions, hunting and fishing, parties, balls, entertainments, collations; nobody went to bed;