Beard is outward sign of inward corruption. She is the child and he is the adult. He is the figurative wolf to eat the flesh of the bride. Curious tension as to why he gave her the key. Offers it as a den as a hideaway. She finds the bodies of his wives. Staining of the key in the pool of blood (this is the magical element of the story) The key is stained and the blood cannot be wiped away. His power to know what she will do. She can never become a virgin again. Open eyed transactional approach to this wedding. He is powerless to save her from her death. Girl isn"t saved by her gallant brothers but rather by her mother. Mom hears daughter on phone and realizes something is wrong. Mother gave her life once, will do it again. She is not going to be a puppet in his hands.