Blue"beard (&?;), n. The hero of a
mediæval French nursery legend, who, leaving home, enjoined his young
wife not to open a certain room in his castle. She entered it, and found
the murdered bodies of his former wives. -- Also used adjectively of a
subject which it is forbidden to investigate.
The Bluebeard chamber of his mind, into which no eye
but his own must look.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
Bluebeard, a wealthy seigneur, the owner of a castle; marries a
beautiful woman, and leaves her in charge of the keys of the apartments
in his absence, with injunctions not to unlock any of the doors, an
injunction which she fails to respect, and finds to her horror the
remains of his former wives locked up in one of them; her disobedience is
discovered, and she is to prepare for death, but is rescued, as she lies
with her head on the block, by the timely arrival of her brothers, who at
once despatch the husband to his merited doom.
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