- a fairy-tale character whose seventh wife found the bodies of her predecessors in a room she had been forbidden to enter.
- any man alleged to have murdered a number of his wives or other women.
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Her next book, a horror novel based on the Bluebeard legend, promises to do likewise.Food Fetishes
July 24, 2009
The story of Bluebeard is probably based on the successive crimes of a sadic.The Sexual Question
Leaving her with a pad upon which he had scribbled "Patience, Fatima, wife of Bluebeard!"Melomaniacs
People will talk, you know, and it did look as though he were a sort of Bluebeard.Is He Popenjoy?
You talk as though it were a kind of Bluebeard's Chamber of Horrors.The Camp Fire Girls in the Outside World
He had been about the house since daybreak, and insisted on seeing Mrs. Bluebeard.Stories of Comedy
- a villain in European folk tales who marries several wives and murders them in turn. In many versions the seventh and last wife escapes the fate of the others
- a man who has had several wives
A fairy tale character from the Charles Perrault collection. The character is a monstrous villain who marries seven women in turn and warns them not to look behind a certain door of his castle. Inside the room are the corpses of his former wives. Bluebeard kills six wives for their disobedience before one passes his test.