Angela Carter’s The Werewolf top gothic quotes litb3

One of the shortest, yet useful stories in the collection 🙂

  1. cold;temptest;wild beasts in the forest.It Is a hard life.
  2. wreaths of garlic on the doors to keep out the vampires
  3. [when they find a witch’s nipple on the hand] they soon find it, they then stone her to death
  4. take her the oatcakes I’ve baked for her on the hearthstone
  5. The good child does as her mother bids
  6. Here, take your father’s hunting knife; you know how to use it.
  7. She knew the forest too well, but she must always be on her guard
  8. She dropped her gifts, seized her knife and turned on the beast
  9. any but a mountaineers child would have died of fright at the sight of it
  10. she made a great swipe at it with her father’s knife and slashed of its right forepaw
  11. the wolf let out a gulp, almost a sob, when it saw what happened to it; wolves are less brave than they seem
  12. [the wolf] went lolloping off(..) as well as it could on three legs
  13. the child wiped the blade of her knife clean on her apron
  14. by the wart, she know it for her grandmother’s hand
  15. beating her old carcass
  16. pelted her with stones until she fell down dead
  17. now the child lived in her grandmother’s house; she prospered

Lady of the house of love top quotes Angela carter the bloody chamber litb3

Probably the most Gothic of them all. I would really recommend having this to talk about in the exam 🙂

  1. now you are at the place of annihilation
  2. fie fie fo fum I smell the blood of an Englishman
  3. A single kiss woke up the Sleeping Beauty in the Wood
  4. wisdom, death and dissolution
  5. this ornate and rotting place
  6. the bicycle is the product of pure reason applied to motion
  7. her beauty is an abnormality
  8. hunger always overcomes her
  9. white lace negligee stained a little with blood
  10. the fangs and talons of a beast of prey
  11. the fragility of the skeleton of a moth
  12. pentacle of his virginity
  13. youth, strength and blonde beauty
  14. symbol of rationality (bike)
  15. nxt day, his regiment embarked for France
  16. Wearing an antique bridal gown, the beautiful queen of the vampires sits all alone in her dark high horse under the eyes of the portraits of her demented and atrocious ancestors
  17. the walls of her bedroom are hung with black satin, embroidered with tears of pearl
  18. on moonless nights, her keeper lets her out into the garden
  19. an old mute looks after her, to make sure she never sees the sun, that all day she stays in her coffin to keep mirrosr and all reflective surfaces away from her
  20. Everything about this beautiful and ghastly lady is as it should be, queen of night, queen of terror–except her horrible reluctance for the role.
  21. The lack of imagination gives heroism to the hero
  22. in death she looked far older, less beautiful and so, for the first time , fully human

20 Top quotes The Bloody Chamber

Hi, the English exam is on Friday so it’s back to the Gothic posts.. I’ll start with my top quotes for The Bloody Chamber. Somebody emailed me asking how many stories/quotes they should learn for the bloody chamber; it’s hard to give a set number because some will just come to you automatically in the exam from knowing the text pretty well, but  have an aim of around 50 for the entire Bloody Chamber section. Oh and as for the part about how many stories, the examiners’ reports suggest knowing all texts so that you aren’t stuck in the exam and force yourself to use a story, but, to me it seems like far too many too learn in depth and therefore I’m focusing mainly on 5: The Bloody Chamber, Lady of the House of Love(gothic elements mostly), The Erl King(entrapment),The Werewolf(animals) and Wolf Alice (liminality). I tried to choose a handful of different texts that cover different aspects of the Gothic. So, here’s my analysis and top quotes for each of them

The Bloody Chamber;there are 20.
“my little nun has found the prayer books, has she”- here, as readers, we are able to see what the Marquis views as <em>his </em>religion in contrast to the usual connotations of God. It becomes clear that the Marquis worships taboos such a pornography and sadism
“I’m sure I want to marry him”- after continually asking her daughter if she loves the Marquis, the young girl replies that she is sure she wans to marry him, making readers question why she is marrying him, if not for love. Therefore it provides an AO4 point about context; perhaps she is marrying for wealth and security
“All the better to see you with”- alludes to Red Riding Hood, voyeurism
“funeral lilies” – certainly it reveals a lot that the Marquis reminds his wife of funeral lilies due to the strong relationship with himself and death
“inspecting cuts on the slabs”/”connoisseur inspecting horseflesh”-objectifies women”
“it must have been my innocence that captivated him”-she is no longer naïve and recognises why he wanted her
“away from Paris, away from girlhood”- allows for a point about setting. It becomes clear that Paris=civilisation, whilst the Marquis “faery solitude” of the castle is uncanny.
“ceased to be her child in becoming is wife” – she Is aware that by marrying the Marquis, she will lose the bond between her mother
“the dead lips smiled”/”could see the blue imprint of his strangler’s fingers”- shows the brutality of the Marquis using his very hands, but also that the sadomasochistic nature of ‘smiling’ suggests she liked the pain whilst being murdered
“her black skirts tucked up around her waist”- the mother seems valiant and brave, Carter translating her feminist
“leaving his wife and child a legacy of tears” already sets up the negative interpretation of men
“there were streaks of pure silver in his dark mane” / “he moved as softly as if all his shoes had soles of velvet” the marquis appears abhuman and supernatural- perhaps she should have expected this surprise
“into marriage, into exile, I sensed it, I knew it-that henceforth, I would always be lonely
“give it me back, Whore”- the young girl has become a whore after her virginity has been conquered
“He was blind of course; but young, with a gentle mouth and grey eyes” Jean Yves although the love of her life, in the end, appears feminine and submissive
“I had to be content with that” when the Marquis leaves, she has no choice but to accept it=recognises the female role in relationships
“key after key, a key, he said for every lock in the house”- the repetition of the key suggests he is setting her up for temptation
“he dangled the key, tantalizingly above my head”= he tempts her with the key, she becomes damned for curiosity
“[the Marquis will not hang the stained sheets to prove to Brittany] you are a virgin, not in these civilised times”-
“my eagle featured, indomitable mother”/”put a bullet through my husband’s head”- shows the mother as brave and courageous and leaves a lasting impression that females will ultimately succeed. I’ll be doing another post on critics for the Bloody Chamber soon.

The Erl King – key quotes The Bloody Chamber

  1. “vertical bars of a brass coloured distillation of light”- point for setting
  2. narrative perspective: third when describing the word, second by “you”, third by “her” then back to first person by using “me”
  3. “perfect transparency must be impenetrable”
  4. “you step between the first trees and then you are no longer in the open air; the woods swallow you up”
  5.  “the woods swallow you up”
  6. “I am not afraid; only, afraid of vertigo, of the vertigo with which he seizes me. afraid of falling of falling down”
  7. “I shall strangle him with them”
  8. “then she will open all the cages and let the birds free; they will change back into young girls”
  9. “everyone, each with the crimson imprint of his love-bite on their throats”
  10. Erl-King will do you grievous harm
  11. white pointed teeth
  12. all its strings are broken
  13. he could thrust me into the seebed of next year’s generation
  14. he strips me to my last nakedness
  15. his touch both consoles and devastates me
  16. I know the birds don’t sing, they only cry because they can’t find their way out of the wood
  17. mother mother, you have murdered me
  18. I lie at the mercy of his huge hands
  19. everything in the wood seem exactly as it seems// easy to lose yourself
  20. description 21 to 25 is of the Erl King: an excellent housewife
  21. came alive from the desire of the woods
  22. tender butcher
  23. skin the rabbit, he says!
  24. eyes as green as apples, green as dead sea fruit


The Erl-King brief analysis and key quotes

Good morning everyone! I have a short class test today that will require me to use The Erl King and The Bloody Chamber in my answer so I’ve created a few notes and quotes to help me on The Erl King.


The traditional folklore legend “Erlking” lends our protagonist the name The Erl-King. The Erl-king was an elf known to lure young people (in this instance, young girls) in to their impending death.

Narrative perspective

Narrative perspective is constantly shifting in The Erl-King. Initially, The story begins to describe the woods in third person. The sudden shift then transforms in to second person, recognised by the pronoun “you.” Again, the narrative perspective shifts back in to third person, recognised by the pronoun “her” and then shifts again seen by the first person use of the word “me.” – and so on. Could the shift in narrative perspective reflect the fractured fragments of the woods?: the wood is inevitably a place to get, and also feel lost. Some critics also argue that the change in narrative voice resembles the protagonist’s lost voice and integrity. Additionally, this brings about a disorientating and unsettled atmosphere for unnatural events to occur. Thus, Carter is using narrative perspective not only to reflect character state of mind (feeling lost, feelinig of the sublime taking over) but also to foreshadow and set the tone for future events to take place.

The Erl-King himself?

The Erl-King “came alive from desire of the woods.” Briefly, The Erl-King completely engulfs the woods, and inevitably is nature. Expectedly, the Erl King goes on to encapsulate nature too, and seeks to capture young girls and keep them with him. The Erl King’s eyes also reflect this utterly emphasised depiction of nature within the King: his eyes “as green as apples” and “as green as dead sea fruit.” Furthermore, Carter may be expressing how male nature has the power to dominate women and bring
about their destruction.

What role does the protagonist play?

To well the narrator of the Erl King, also is aware of the danger of the wood, and ultimately sets up her own peril. Inevitably, the female protagonist is damned for confinement. By recognising the light had “vertical bars of a brass coloured distillation”- even the setting of the wood begins to echo the powerful imagery of confinement and entrapment. Certainly, she is aware of the danger she faces. However, she sees the Erl-King as merely a “tender butcher.” She feels as though the ‘vertigo’ takes over when she is around the Erl-King: “afraid of vertigo, of the vertigo with which he seizes me.” Additionally, the “young girl would go in to the woods as trustingly as Red Riding Hood to her granny’s house” adds to the idea of the female narrator knowing the extent of her own peril.

Key quotes for this text

“vertical bars of a brass coloured distillation” – damned to confinement.

“come alive from desire of the woods”

“green as apples”

“green as dead see fruit”

Narrative perspective: third when describing the wood, second by “you”, third by “her” then back to first person by using “me””

“his white teeth pointed”

“an air of impending death”

“a young girl would go in to the woods as trustingly as Red Riding Hood to her granny’s house”

“Erl King will do you grievous harm”


Happy World Book Day!

“A young girl would go into the wood as trustingly as Red Riding Hood to her granny’s house but this light admits of no ambiguities and, here, she will be trapped in her own illusion because everything in the wood is exactly as it seems. ”

– Angela Carter, The Bloody Chamber and other short stories.

This is just a quick post to say Happy World Book Day everyone! I hope that everybody is dressed in their best Gothic atire, I certainly am! I am dressed in a Red Riding Hood cape and basket, while classmates of mine came in as Lady Macbeth, Lady of The House of Love and even the narrator from The Bloody Chamber! What a wonderful way to celebrate literature!


Hello everyone! I hope everyone had a wonderful break. I haven’t posted in a while, but with exams being so close- I will be posting revision resources rather than essays such as revision mats/key quotes for each of the texts. I hope they prove useful to you, and if you would like anything done in particular, please let me know in the comments below 🙂 Finally, I thank you for all the support I have gained on my blog.

These are my top key quotes to learn for the first short story in the book The Bloody Chamber:

“Are you sure you want to marry him” – said by the Mother -This shows the doubtful tone of the mother- presents readers with mother daughter bonds and females intuition?

“Alway from Paris, away from civilisation”- said by the narrator -here, setting also helps foreshadow future events. Paris symbolises civilisation.

“Ceased to be her child in becoming his wife” -said by the narrator- The narrator believes that by marrying the Marquis she will lose her relationship with her mother, but also lose the innocence that is associated with being a “child” – she realises her loss of purity in marrying the Marquis. Additionally, what does this tell us about family relationships after marriage?

“..bullet through [her] husband’s head..” -said by the narrator when the mother shoots the Marquis

“there was a Marquis once, who used to hunt young girls”- said by Jean Perhaps lends the insanity of the Marquis down to inherit gift?

“my little nun has found the prayer books has she?” We are introduced to the Marquis’ values. He values pornography and exploitation of women instead of the traditional worship of religion.

“blue imprints of his strangler’s fingers”-

“dead lips that smiled” comments on sadisim and the complicit nature of women(Carter’s criticism.) Are the dead lips smiling because they enjoyed the pain of being strangled?

“faery solitude of the place” the sumblime setting/unnatural

“moved as softly as if all his shoes had soles of velvet” this quote lends the Marquis to the Gothic elements of being uncanny, supernatural, abhuman

“potentiality for corruption” the narrator does not make out like she is wholly innocent. She has always been aware of her own potential

“skirts tucked up around her waist” – Contrast to the typical representation of women- this presents the mother as being brave and couragous.