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His kiss, his kiss with tongue and teeth in it and a rasp of beard, had hinted to me, though with the same exquisite tact as this nightdress he'd given me, of the "The Bloody Chamber," especially, ends thrillingly, with the women of the story rejecting the passive roles typically assigned to them in fairy tales (this one based on Blue Beard) and washing the story in a beautiful bath of blood, in the process reshaping and reconstituting their community. The Bloody Chamber and it's collection of stories needs this notes book like a fish needs water to live. Sometimes the book itself can be confusing (any one whose read The Snow Child will understand this, transgression at it's finest), which is when this handy implicit knot-tying device is needed. As in other stories, the bloody chamber in "Puss-in-Boots" is where the heroine gains a new identity and begins to fulfill her destiny.