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THE MERCHANTI L IOS, N Ikl FU(L.-
The Baldain Lihrar
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.
A long time ago there lived a merchant, who had three daughters; the
youngest was so lovely that she was called "Beauty." Her two
sisters were also beautiful, but they were vain and haughty. The merchant was
once very rich. It so happened that, when a fleet of his ships were in
the Persian Gulf, a frightful storm arose, and the merchant's fleet .was lost.
After a year, news was brought to the merchant of the safe arrival in a
distant port of one of his most precious cargoes, which had been thought to.
have been lost. It was necessary that, the merchant should go to the port,
and he resolved to start the next day.
Tell me, my daughters," said the merchant, what presents shall your
father bring for.you on his return from his journey?" The two elldr asked
fi.'r diamonds and Caslnhmere shawls, lace and Persian turi.ans. Beauty, who
thought it. too soon to spend their new riches, asked only a rose. The,
'sisters could not help laughing at her modesty.
The merchant arrived at the port, and found his vessel. He arranged
-all his business, and made the purchases which his eldest daugh'ter-s had
requested; Lbut as it was winter, he could not find a rose. On hi way.
l home lih lost his way in a storm. During the lull of the temlpest a sweet
sound was heard-
"On, Merchant, on!
Thy journey's near done !"
And at the instant a blue light was seen through the trees. The merchant
rode in the direction of the light. The light disappeared, and in its. place
was seen the portal of a palace. A tablet above the entrance was in-
scried in glittering letters,-
"Enter without fear,
All are welcome here !"
As he passed 1,neath the marble archway a flourish of trumpets saluted his
ear, 1bt nbody 'was to be seen. He then dii-.rounted tioni his horse, which
dilctly trotted across the court, as though he knew the way.
The merchant ,proceeded across the court, intQo bath-rooim, when he
heard a voice gently saying-
"You 're a guest for the night.
And all that is right
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The merchant stripped-himnself, and entered the warmn bath. Upon qtiittipg
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it his wet clothes had vanished, and dry garments supplied their place.
From the bath-room he proceeded to the supper-room, and there found a
delicious repast prepared, at which he made a most hearty meal. Having
offered up his grateful prayers, the merchant retired to his bed.
The next morning was bright and peaceful, and the merchant awoke
,quite refreshed. After breakfast he walked in the gardens of the palace. The
flowers made him think of Beauty, and at last, entering an arbour, he found
S some magnificent red roses., One of these the merchant plucked, when
suddenly a monster seized him. "Ungrateful wretch!" said the Beast, "is
this the way you repay the kindness you have received? You are treated
with the best that I can bestow upon you, and in return you steal my roses!"
The merchant, trembling, replied, Pardon me, Beast; I knew not I was
offending. It was for my youngest daughter."
You have pulled my dearest treasure," said the Beast, and you must
die; but I will allYw you to return home and take leave of your children,
but you must return here in a week, or send one of them in your stead. Take
the rose and be gone."
In the evening the merchant, broken-hearted, reached his home.
Beauty's face was radiant with joy; the father looked very sad.
"Here, my child," said he, "take the rose you asked for; it will cost thy
father his life !" The merchant took the rose from his bosom, and related
all that had occurred. "Oh, father," said Beauty, "you shall not return;
I al,'ne will bear the punishment. Your life, dearest father, is more
i. valuable than mine."
... Whilst Beauty was sacrificing herself for the sake of her father, her
;.* sisters were selfishly turning over the presents brought by their father,
utterly unmindful of his sad countenance; and when they heard Beauty's
proposal, they only said, it will be a good riddance of her.
The morning for departure came. The sisters, finding that she was
; really going, rubbed their eyes With an onion, and thus pretended to be in
gr.. geat grief.. The merchant accompanied his daughter to the monster's
pil)ace. The inscription on the golden gates of the palace,
Enter without fear,
; All are welcome here !"
glittered more brilliantly than at the merchant's first entrance; the gates
i instantly flew open. The merchant and Beauty passed into the arcade; aas
before, the merchant went to his bath, whilst two humming birds, bearing
little torches of white light, flew before Beauty and lighted her to her rooms.
Over the door was inscribed, BEAUTY'S APARTMENT," and a transparency at
the end of the room was thus inscribed:
"Welcome, Beauty, banish fear,
You are queen and mistress here!
Speak y6ur wishes, speak your will,
Swift obedience meets them still."
Having .changed, her dress, she went to the su er room, where a magnifi-
cen4t.feast was prepared forthern. Everything as brought and removeil by
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invisible agency. During the repast, a magic flute played a few bars of
music, then a voice said,
The Beast is near,
And asks leave to. appear."
The merchant then spoke: Appear, Beast, if it be your pleasure."
A door sprung open, and the Beast entered. Beauty clung to her
father's arm for protection. The Beast saw and pitied her alarm, and
said: ''Merchant, you have well redeemed your word. Your daughter
will, I trust, find her time pass agreeably. Of my palace she is the mistress."
Making a graceful bow, the Beast said "Farewell!" On the morrow the
merchant, with great grief, returned home.
Beauty, now left to herself, resolved to be as happy as she could. What-
ever she wished for seemed to come at her command. If she desired to sail
on the water, she had only to step into a boat; its sail at once caught the
breeze, and it glided noiselessly over the crystal water If she desired to
ride, her own horse, richly caparisoned, presented himself at the door. But
long before the first day had passed she felt so lonely, that she quite wel-
*comed the magic flute, and was really glad to answer; "'Appear, Beast !"
She shuddered as he approached, but her fear wore of as the Beast stayed.
When the clock sounded ten he bid her a respectful 'j Good night." Thus
the time passed for more than half-a-year, when one evening, after Beaiuti.y
and the Beast had been conversing, he took her hand. The Beast then said,
"Beauty, will you marry me?" "Impossible!" replied Beauty. The beast
groaned deeply, and left as if in the greatest grief.
One day, as Beauty was standing before a large mirror, she exclaimed,
"Oh that I could see what my father is about !" At that instant her home
appeared in the glass. In one room were her sisters trying on some new
gowns. In another room lay her father on a bed of sickness. Beauty
screamed, and nearly fainted. At that instant the magic flute sounded,
though it was but noon, and the Beast came in. He gently took her hand,
and said, "Beauty, what ails you? are you ill?" "No, Beast, no; but I
have just seen my old home in the mirror, and my father, I fear, is at the
point of death. Oh, Beast! it would indeed be a great joy to me to visit
him: perhaps it may be the last time I shall ever see him alive."
"Take the rose which your father first gathered," said the Beast, "and
you have only to wish, and your wish will be gratified. There is only .
one condition I have to make, which is, that you are not absent more than
a week. Even that time will appear like ages to me!"
When the Beast hid gone, Beauty took the rose and placed it in her
bosom. She then, said. "I wish to be at home." The' next instant she
found herself at the porch of her father's cottage. She knocked gently, and
the door was opened by her eldest, sister, who started at seeing her, and said,
Well, Beauty, indeed who would have thought of seeing you? We
thought you were dead long ago, and perhaps eaten up by your monster."
Beauty's presence hastened. he recovery of the old man. He delighted
i hearing all her news: and how kind the Beast was to her. Her account
of the palace and all its wonders made the sisters quite jealous, and anxious
to take Beauty's place. The eldest then basely attempted to rob Beauty of
the rose: as Beauty slept, she took it from her bosom; but the instant she
seized the rose it withered at her touch, and instead of being transported to
the Beast's palace as she wished, she was carried into the pigsty. The rose
Swas lying immediately after on the table in Beauty's room.
When this scheme failed, the sisters, mad with jealousy and spite,
resolved to keep B auty past the time appointed by the Beast, in the hope
that she would thus fall a victim to his anger. With this .view they sud-
denly became most kind and attentive to Beauty, taking her out visiting
with therfi, and involving her in a round of gaiety to which she was so little
Accustomed, that she entirely forgot the day on. which she had promised to
return.. One evening on returning from a splendid party, Beauty was so
tired that she threw herself, all splendidly dressed as she was, on her bed,
amid fell asleep. She dreamed she was in the palace, and that she saw the
Beast dying, and that he turned his eyes reproachfully on her, as if say ing,
: How have you kept your promise, ah! Beauty ?" She awaked with a start;
it was early morning, and she remembered the day she had promised to
return was past. Hurriedly she sought her rose, and wished herself in the
Beast.'s palace. In An instant she was in her own room.. -She passed from
one room of the palace to another, from terrace to gardfi, and from garden
to grove, calling for the Beast, but found him not. In her despair she -eized
the rose, and wished herself in the Beast's presence. There he lay in the
garden as if dead. Beauty felt his heart; it was still beating. The Beast
uttered a groan, and looked up. His eye feebly opened, and seeing Beauty,
le said, "Beauty, why did you return only to see me die? I could not
Shiave. believed you would have deceived me." "Oh; Beast! what can I do.
to save you?". "Will you marry me?" faintly murmured the Beast.
S"Willingly to save your life !" answered Beauty eagerly.
The, Beast. seemed to revive, and said timidly, "But not otherwise,
SBeauty?"' "Oh, yes! yes-!" replied Beauty, covering her face.
That instant the Beast disappeared, and she saw at her feet one of the
handsomest Princes that eyes had ever beheld.
Loud roared the cannon amidst the sounds of the trumpets and timbrels,
-. and all the palace seelied suddenly peopled with bustling crowds.
S The Prince explained to Beauty how he had been changed into a Beast
by a spiteful fairy, who had ordered him to remain in that state until a
beautiful lady would consent to marry him in his frightful form; and how
Sa good fairy had given him a magic rose-tree, telling him it would be the
means of,releasing him from his enihantmrent.
A The Prince took Beauty's arm, and led. her into the palace, where to
Beautv's surl:rise she found her fither,--but not her sisters. They were
changed into stone statues, so to remain until they had repented of tfieir
; The Prince and Beauty were married, and lived to a good old age in
,,- great happiness.
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