The Tigers Bride by Angela Carter

"He throws our human aspirations to the godlike sadly awry, poor fellow; only from a distance would you think the Beast not much different from any other man, although he wears a mask with a man's face painted most beautifully on it. Oh yes a beautiful face; but one with too much formal symmetry of feature to be entirely human: one profile of his mask is the mirror image of the other, too perfect, uncanny." (52-53)
    -There is something powerful in the beast hiding behind a mask that is too beautiful to be human. In some way, the mask is even more unsettling then his true physical appearance.


"When I break off a stem, I prick my finger and so he gets his rose, all smeared with blood." (54)
  -Powerful visual image. The rose as a symbol of forgiveness is smeared with blood, like a visual interpretation of her father's betrayal of his daughter. There is still forgiveness, but it is stained and forever marked.


"And each stroke of his tongue ripped off skin after successive skin; all the skins of a life in the world, and left behind a nascent patina of shining hairs. my earrings turned back to water and trickles down my shoulders; i shrugged the drops off my beautiful fur." (66)
   -The key quote of the story. The story ends beautifully. It goes against the grain of the other variants and suggests that perhaps our perception of beauty and beast are wrong.