Bluebeard No Gentleman

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"Bluebeard" explains the core Psychology of the Female Mind

When you have a woman as a guest in your "psychological house", your reality—don't give her the keys to your masculine core.

"Bluebeard" also explains how to be the opposite of the core principle of being a Gentleman

Once upon a time, in the fair land of France, there lived a very powerful lord, the owner of estates, farms and a great splendid castle, and his name was Bluebeard. This wasn't his real name, it was a nickname, due to the fact he had a long shaggy black beard with glints of blue in it. He was very handsome and charming, but, if the truth be told, there was something about him that made you feel respect, and a little uneasy...

Bluebeard often went away to war, and when he did, he left his wife in charge of the castle. He had had lots of wives, all young, pretty and noble. As bad luck would have it, one after the other, they had all died, and so the noble lord was forever getting married again.

"Sire," someone would ask now and again, "what did your wives die of?"

"Hah, my friend," Bluebeard would reply, "one died of smallpox, one of a hidden sickness, another of a high fever, another of a terrible infection... Ah, I'm very unlucky, and they're unlucky too! They're all buried in the castle chapel," he added. Nobody found anything strange about that. Nor did the sweet and beautiful young girl that Bluebeard took as a wife think it strange either. She went to the castle accompanied by her sister Anna, who said:

"Oh, aren't you lucky marrying a lord like Bluebeard?"

"He really is very nice, and when you're close, his beard doesn't look as blue as folks say!" said the bride, and the two sisters giggled delightedly. Poor souls! They had no idea what lay in store for them!

A month or so later, Bluebeard had the carriage brought round and said to his wife, "Darling, I must leave you for a few weeks. But keep cheerful during that time, invite whoever you like and look after the castle. Here," he added, handing his bride a bunch of keys...

"You'll need these, the keys to the safe, the armory and the library keys, and this one, which opens all the room doors. Now, this little key here," and he pointed to a key that was much smaller than the others, "opens the little room at the end of the great ground floor corridor. Take your friends where you want, open any door you like, but not this one! Is that quite clear?" repeated Bluebeard. "Not this one! Nobody at all is allowed to enter that little room. And if you ever did go into it, I would go into such a terrible rage that it's better that you don't!"

"Don't worry, husband," said Bluebeard's wife as she took the keys, "I'll do as you say." After giving her a hug, Bluebeard got into his carriage, whipped up the horses and off he went.

The days went by. The young girl invited her friends to the castle ana showed them around all the rooms except the one at the end of the corridor.

"Why shouldn't I see inside the little room? Why? Why is it forbidden?" Well, she thought about it so much that she ended up bursting with curiosity, until one day she opened the door and walked into the little room...

Of all ghastly horrors! Inside, hanging on the walls were the bodies of Bluebeard's wives: he had strangled them all with his own hands!

Terror stricken, the girl ran out of the room, but the bunch of keys slipped from her grasp. She picked them up without a glance and hurried to her own room, her heart thumping wildly in her chest. Horrors! She was living in a castle of the dead! So that is what had happened to Bluebeard's other wives!

The girl summoned up her courage and she noticed that one of the keys - the very key to the little room - was stained with blood.

"I must wipe it clean, before my husband comes back!" she said to herself. But try as she would, the blood stain wouldn't wash away. She washed, she scrubbed and she rinsed it; all in vain, for the key was still red. That very evening, Bluebeard came home. Just imagine the state his poor wife was in!

Bluebeard did not ask his wife for the keys that same evening, but he remarked, "You look a little upset, darling. Has anything nasty happened?"

"Are you sorry I came back so soon?"

"Oh, no! I'm delighted!" But that night, the bride didn't sleep a wink. The next day, Bluebeard said:

"Darling, give me back the keys," and his wife hurriedly did so. Bluebeard remarked, "There's one missing, the key to the little room!"

"Is there?" said the young girl shaking, "I must have left it in my room!"

"All right, go and get it." But when Bluebeard's wife put the key into his hand, Bluebeard turned white and in a deep hoarse voice demanded:

"Why is this key stained with blood?"

"I don't know..." stammered his wife.

"You know very well!" he retorted. "You went into the little room, didn't you? Well, you'll go back again, this time for good, along with the other ladies in there. You must die!"

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"You must die!" he repeated. Just then, there was a knock at the door and Anna, Bluebeard's wife's sister, entered the castle.

"Good morning," she said, "you seem rather pale."

"Not at all, we're quite well," replied Bluebeard.

His wife whispered in his ear, "Please, please give me ten minutes to live!"

Bluebeard replied, "Not more than ten!"

The girl ran to her sister Anna who had gone up to one of the towers and asked her, "Anna, do you see our brothers coming? They promised they would come and see me today!"

But Anna replied, "No, I don't see anyone. What's wrong? You look agitated."

"Anna, please," said the shaken girl, "look again! Are you sure you can't see someone?"

"No," said her sister, "only one or two peasants."

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Just then the voice of Bluebeard boomed up to them, "Wife, your time is up! Come here!"

"I'm coming!" she called, but then said to her sister: "Oh Anna, aren't our brothers coming?..."

"No," replied Anna.

Again Bluebeard shouted up.

"Come down at once! Or I'll come up!" Trembling like a leaf, his wife went downstairs. Bluebeard was clutching a big knife and he grabbed his bride by the hair...

"Sister, I can see two horsemen coming!" called out Anna from the tower that very moment.

Bluebeard made a horrible face, "They too will die!"

His wife knelt to implore, "Please, please don't kill me. I'll never tell anyone what I saw! I'll never say a word!"

"Yes, you'll never say a word for eternity!" snarled Bluebeard, raising his knife.

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The poor girl screamed, "Have pity on me!"

But he fiercely replied, "No! You must die!" He was about to bring the knife down on the girl's delicate neck, when two young men burst into the room: a dragon and a musketeer. They were his wife's brothers.

Drawing their swords, they leapt towards Bluebeard, who tried to flee up some stairs, but was caught and killed. And that was the end of the sad story. Bluebeard's poor wives were given a Christian burial, the castle was completely renovated and the young widow, some time later, married a good and honest young man, who helped her to forget the terrible adventure. And that young lady completely lost all her sense of curiosity.

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The Count Of Monte Cristo:

The Anatomy Of A Gentleman's Path

• This is an amazing story for men, by Alexandre Dumas, and is considered by many to be the greatest novel ever written. It shows the true gentleman to be not of "gentleness" at all, but of shrewd high character.

• "The Count of Monte Cristo" is Alexandre Dumas' classic story of an innocent man wrongly but deliberately imprisoned and his brilliant strategy for revenge against those who betrayed him. Dashing young sailor, Edmond Dantes, is a guileless and honest young man whose peaceful life and plans to marry the beautiful Mercedes are abruptly shattered when his best friend Fernand, who wants Mercedes for himself, deceives him.

• Set up to be unlawfully sentenced to the infamous island prison of Chateau D'If, Edmond is trapped in a nightmare that lasts for thirteen years. Haunted by the baffling course his life has taken, over time, everything he ever believed about right and wrong is abandoned and replaced by all-consuming thoughts of vengeance against those who betrayed him.

The Count Of Monte Cristo:

The Anatomy Of A Gentleman's Path

• With the help of an equally innocent fellow inmate and priest, Dantes plots and succeeds in his mission to escape from prison, whereupon he transforms himself into the mysterious and wealthy Count of Monte Cristo. With cunning ruthlessness, he cleverly insinuates himself into the French nobility and systematically destroys the men who manipulated and enslaved him.

• He finds that, as a man, he has become an arm of both Providence and divine justice. With his new power, he has grown from naivete, but he must also now learn to turn from revenge, to doing good with his mature masculine power.

The Count of Monte Cristo: Chateau D'If & The Cliff Between Boyhood & Manhood

• To be at the edge of a cliff is to be where earth meets both sea and sky. Sky is a symbol of consciousness/masculinity; sea is the unconscious/femininity.

1. What is symbolized may be a critical point in your life, a time for decision.

The decision may be one concerning the polarity of male and female, the masculine and feminine components of your psyche. If you are a woman, it may be that a decision has to be made concerning the conflicting worlds of career and domesticity. (Sky would then symbolize masculine assertiveness and active participation in the world; sea, feminine attributes such as motherhood and nurturing.)

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The Count of Monte Cristo: Chateau D'If & The Cliff Between Boyhood & Manhood

3. The cliff edge may be the 'end of the road', signifying that you have come as far as you can in a particular endeavor of lifestyle, and that something radically new is called for. Perhaps this new approach to living means entering into a close relationship with nature (represented by the sea or sky) or bringing together the conscious and unconscious parts of your psyche.

It may be a question of whether you can find within yourself enough strength and faith to step out into the unknown future, or throw yourself off the cliff - that is, withdraw from life's challenge.

The horizon may be the significant thing in the dream. This may mean you are being challenged to take a bigger view of things, to see life and/or yourself on a grander scale, in order to find a new and more satisfying motivation for your life.

What Kind Of Life Do You Want?

• Do you want the life ending like that of Bluebeard?

• Or are you willing to follow the challenges of the Count of Monte Cristo? Do you want the rewards of the Treasure of Monte Cristo?

• What is this treasure? What is the "map" to that treasure? I plan to give it to you.

A Treasure Map

The Treasure of Monte Cristo is none other than "high character."

The "map" to that treasure is none other than the process of initiation into mature masculinity. It leads you to your OWN GOLD.

I am literally going to give you that map. A map of

Sometimes this process can feel lonely, for your life belongs to YOU, and no one else.

But remember, there are generations of men behind you.

Advice On Taking The "Plunge" From The Count Of Monte Cristo

• "I don't believe in God." —Edmund Dantes

• "That is no matter, Edmund, for God believes in YOU." —Priest Faria

• In other words, whether or not you are afraid to become a real man, the world of men will drag you kicking and screaming into it, because we know you will be alright. Allow yourself to be thrown off the cliff, and find yourself washed up on the beach; a real man, mature, with a real life.

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The Meaning of Life:

• Ernest Hemingway said "Life is a tragedy"

• Roberto Benini said "Life is Beautiful"

• Biologists say "Life is 'irritable'"—it makes decisions

Decisions: The Definition Of Life

Constructive Decisions

Destructive Decisions

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= Psychological Growth

Current Mental State

Decisions = Psychological Atrophy

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♦Depression •Regression •Further decline

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Decisions: Growth vs. "Regression"

Constructive Decisions

Destructive Decisions fDecisiorn _ . . . , _ „ I Making )= Psychological Growth

Current Menial State

Decisions = Psychological Atrophy

Mental Illness

•Depression •Regression •Further decline

This diagram explains the importance of decisions in defining one person's life as different from every other. Biologists actually define life as "irritable", which means that the environment does things to a living thing, then the living thing does things back to that environment. In this light, "irritable" implies a "decision has been made". So, the "definition of life" is that "life makes decisions". Being PASSIVE therefore, leads to regression of the maturity of one's psychology and ultimately to death by depression, substance abuse, etc., and ANY decision causes one to undergo personal growth.

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