By Eloisa James
Magic lower than the mistletoe . . .
One incredible Christmas, girl Perdita Selby, recognized to her family and friends as Poppy, met the fellow she proposal she would really like without end. The devilishly beautiful Duke of Fletcher was once the appropriate fit for the blameless, breathtakingly appealing younger Englishwoman, and theirs was once the main romantic marriage ceremony she had ever visible. 4 years later, Poppy and the duke became the toast of the ton . . . yet in the back of closed doorways the spark in their love affair has burned out.
Unwilling to lose the girl he nonetheless lusts after, the duke is set to win again his beguiling bride's delectable affections . . . and surpass the heady days of old flame with a very sinful seduction.
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I would even claim that my fables are worthier of being retold than the majority of ancient tales, especially those about the Widow of Ephesus and Psyche, when they are regarded from the point of view of morality, which is the main consideration in any kind of fable, and must be the reason why they were invented. The only moral lesson to be drawn from The Widow of Ephesus is that often those women who seem the most virtuous are the least so, and consequently that there are almost no truly virtuous women.
Bluebeard is not quite an anti-Cinderella in the sense that it warns against marriage in general—the wife remarries 37 Warner, Beast to Blonde, 261. She comments that the pictures ‘anticipate very satisfyingly the fairytale ogre, as chronicled by Perrault’. introduction xxxiii happily—but it certainly makes clear that there may be dangers involved. The two tales for boys, Hop o’ my Thumb and Puss in Boots, are distinct in that the symbolism usually does not concern sex, while the message conveyed by the success of the heroes is naturally about the worldly qualities considered valuable for men, courage and ingenuity rather than beauty and charm (though Perrault in one of the Morals is not above pointing out that masculine attractiveness may also be useful).
Works by Perrault and his contemporaries Perrault’s Tales of Mother Goose, ed. Jacques Barchilon, 2 vols. (New York: Pierpont Morgan Library, 1956); i. edited text of the manuscript, with introduction on the tales, ii. facsimile of the 1695 manuscript of the ﬁrst ﬁve prose tales. -B. Coignard and the prose tales in the 1697 edition by Claude Barbin. Contes (and other works), ed. Pierre Collinet (Paris: Gallimard, 1981). Contes, ed. Gilbert Rouger (Paris: Garnier, 1967); includes Mlle Lhéritier, Les Enchantements de l’éloquence, and Mlle Bernard, Riquet à la houppe.
An Affair Before Christmas (Desperate Duchesses, Book 2) by Eloisa James