W. B. CON KEY. COMPANY
COPIeHT 1897. Y W.B CONKEY-"COMPANY"
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SBEAUTY AND THE BEAST
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QNCE upon a time, there lived a rich merchant,
who had a great many ships, but one after
another all of them were wrecked, so that he became
quite poor, and had to
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all the house work, for they were
too poor to keep a servant; but his
other two daughterswere
proud and unloving, and
they were always grum-
bling and saying un-
kind ~ things to
their f youngest sis-
ter One -oe day the sis-
ters were s hitting in the
garden,when an old wom-
an came and begged for
something to drink.
girls answer-. ed
were not going to wait on old beggar women, but
Beauty went at once and fetched a glass of milk.
The old woman was very grateful, and told her that if
her father went to a certain country he would find his ships
and be rich once more. Then she vanished-for she was
really a fairy-and Beauty ran with joy to tell her father.
"But, father, dear," she said, don't go ; better be poor
and happy than that you should go into danger." "Stupid
girl, cried her sisters, "of course father will go ; won't
you, father?" "Yes," said the merchant; and then he
asked his daughters what they would like him to bring
them for presents. "Oh!" said the eldest, "I should
like a necklace of diamonds."
The second sister wished for a velvet robe covered
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Now, my Beauty," said
the merchant, "what shall
S-',. I bring you?" "I want noth-
na ing, dear father," said
a she, "except to -see
you safe back again;
Sbut if you really wish
to bring me a
pr,--..r let it be
a white ro~c."
set off and in
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found ih_: hi; s
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m more very rich. He
... then turned toward home,
having bought the t resents for his two eider daughters,
but he had. not found the white ros.i for Beauty. One
night he came toia large forest through which he must
pass, and 4as theisnow began to fall- and cover his path,
he lost his way. The night closed in and it grew so
dark and cold that the poor man gave himself up for
lost. All of a sudden he saw a light at the end of a
long avenue of trees. He went toward the light and
there was a splendid palace, the windows all ablaze with
jight but no one at the door or in the great yard. The:
merchant put his horse in the barn and went into the
house, dried himself by the tire, ate a hearty supper that
he found on the table, and went to bed and did not awake
until late the next morning. When he looked from the
window he saw that the snow had disappeared and that
the palace was in a handsome garden full of beautiful
flowers. As he started to get his horse, he passed a
bush of lovely white roses and stopped to pluck one for
Beauty. No sooner had he done this than he heard a
frightful roar and saw such a horrible beast stalking up
to him that he was ready to faint with fear. "WTho
steals miny roses must die! said the Beast. Forgive
me, mv Lord, I did not know that I was offending you.
I only desired to pluck a rose for my daughter Beauty,
who had asked me to bring one home to her." The poor
father fell on his knees and begged for forgiveness. But
the Beast said he must certainly die unless his daughter
Beauty were willing to be killed in his stead.
At home, the sisters \were wondering why their father
did not come, and 6ne night Beauty dreamed of all that
had happened to him, She awoke in tears, and found a
beautiful fairy at her bedside. Beauty told the fairy
why she was crying, and said that she longed to die for
her father, and the fairy bade her go to sleep again and
all would be well.
Beauty did so, and in the morning she found herself
in the garden of the Beast's palace. She wandered
round a long time seeing nobody, and then she went
into the palace. In one of the rooms was a magic
mirror, riind in it she
saw her father arriv-
ing at- home, so she
was happy knowing
that he was safe.
'_-" the palace, and was greatly
"a J surprised to find written upon one of
the doors, "Beauty's Apartment." Opening the door
hastily, she f.nind herself in a splendidly furnished room
where there was a multitude of books, a beautiful piano
and a great deal of music. Her surprise increased, on
opening one of the books, to find written in gold letters,
"Your wishes and commands will be obeyed; you are
the queen over everything!" Beauty examined all of
the beautiful things about the room, and then wiandered
on through the palace.
At noon she found lunch ready for her, and all the
while beautiful music was played; but although she
heard, she saw no one. In the afterno-oii ,she met the
Beast in the grand parlor; he was not at ill fierce- and
cruel, but vcry kind to Beauty. At nilhit the B.a st
came and asked leave to dine with hrr, whikh, of couI se.
she could not refuse. He told her about the beautiful
flowers in the garden, the pictures in the gallery, the
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the stables, and everything that he thought would be of
interest. Presently he inquired whether she did not
think him very ugly. Yes," said Beauty, "for I can-
not tell a lie, but I think you very good." Then the
dinner went on pleasantly enough, and Beauty was think-
ing that in time she would like the Beast very well, when
he suddenly asked her, "Beauty, will you be my wife?"
"Oh, no, dear Beast, please,"' said Beauty, "I couldn't."
The Beast looked very sad, but he was just as kind to
her as ever, and one day she told him she did so want to
see her father again, so the Beast gave her a ring and
said, "Put this under your pillow to-night, and when
you wake up you will be at home, but be sure you come
back in ten days; if you don't, I shall die." Beauty was
very, very happy next morning when she found herself
at home. Her father w.i-a very much delighted to see
her, but her sisters turned quite green with envy when
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and when she asked her sisters one day how long she
had been home, they told her eight days, when it was
really ten; they told her so not because they loved her
and wished to keep her at home, but because they were
jealous of what they called her good fortune. That
night Beauty had a terrible dream, she dreamed that
the Beast was dying; directly she woke up, oh, so sad,
she put the magic ring under her pillow, and in the
morning was back at the palace. She ran through all
the rooms, but .vTi-i:,:_ could she find her dear Beast.
At Iast in the gi'-.., she saw him lying, almost dead.
She hfi-rricd to W:.:': .n.'i got some water, which
she *I ( ~r hi i Ti. u the Beast revived a lit-
t!e. _.auty, ii' i '., -;i.rrv .me?" he said.
dear B I v-." .ici-EBc::..L.,, for she. was so sorry
for hi. hen there v..; Lreat runmblib, and there
where the Beast; had b.l.n, stood a handsome young
Prince. lHe told Bec.i:J th.it a long time ago he lived
in a great palace, an .d _id1 servants and horses and jew-
elry and everything tlh:it -hti.ull make one contented and
happy; but as all of these things were very common i.
him, and as he had had every wish gratified, he w:-
discontented, and that one day, while playing in the
garden, he had wished that he was an animal in place of
being a prince, so that he would not have to mind any
one, or dress up, or do anything that he did not want
to. Scarcely had he made the wish before a fairy stood
before him and asked him what kind of an animal he
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would like to be. The Prince said that he would like to
be a pet bear, and immediately she waved her wand
over him and he was turned into a bear, and the fairy
told him that he should be a Beast until some maiden
had promised to marry him.
As he grew larger he became a nuisance around the
palace grounds, and that his father, the Ki!'i-, had sent
him to this place, where Beauty had found him, for safe
keeping. He was very unhappy and wished many, many
times that he could be once more a Prince, and that
he would certainly never wish for anything else.
So the Prince and Beauty were married, and Beauty
wore a lo\-clv white satin gown, trimmed with jewels
and lace, but she would have no flowers except the
white roses which grew in the Prince's garden, "for,"
said she, "it is a white rose that has brought me this
happiness." And then the Prince took her to a palace
far, far grander than the one he had lived in when he
was a Beast. "This," said he, is the palace I lived in
before the fairy changed me into a Beast, and it is here
that we will live and be happy."
Every one was dclglht-d at the Prince's return, and
a grand ball was given in honor of his bride. Beauty
and the Prince were extremely happy. The next day,
as Beauty was strolling in the garden, she said to her-
self: "Oh, I wish I could see my father." Out stepped
the fairy from among the flowers and said: "Your
father is now in the palace."
Beauty started to see her father, but before she had
got far she remembered her two sisters, and turning to
the fairy she said: "Fairy, dear, where are my two
sisters?" The fairy replied that for their jealous and
unkind disposition she had turned them into stone to be
placed on pedestals at the palace gate. Beauty was
very sorry to hear this about her sisters, but the fairy
assured her that they would be happy at some future
time, and told her to go at once, as her father was wait-
ing for her. As Beauty reached the palace steps she
saw her father standing in the
door. She kissed him and told
Shim how glad she was to
see him, and that from that
time he was to live with
l herself and the Prince
at the palace.