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The Project Gutenberg EBook of Beauty and the Beast, by Unknown This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at Title: Beauty and the Beast Author: Unknown Release Date: November 3, 2007 [EBook #23311] Language: English Character set encoding: ISO-8859-1 *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK BEAUTY AND THE BEAST *** Produced by Jacqueline Jeremy, Janet Blenkinship and the Online Distributed Proofreading Team at (This file was produced from images generously made available by The Internet Archive/American Libraries.) Beauty and the Beast. Peter G. Thomson Cincinnati, O. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. There was once a merchant who had been very rich at one time, but who, having had heavy losses, was compelled to retire to a little cottage in the country; where he lived with his three daughters. The two elder ones were very much discontented at their poverty, and were always grumbling and making complaints. But the youngest one, who was called Beauty, and who was as amiable as she was handsome, tried all she could to comfort her father and make his home happy. Once, when he was going on a journey to try and mend his affairs, he called them around him, and asked them what he should bring them when he returned.



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Beauty and the Beast.PetCeirn cGin. nTahtio, mOs.onBEAUTY AND THE BEAST.There was once a merchant who had been very rich atone time, but who, having had heavy losses, wascompelled to retire to a little cottage in the country;where he lived with his three daughters. The two elderones were very much discontented at their poverty, andwere always grumbling and making complaints. But theyoungest one, who was called Beauty, and who was asamiable as she was handsome, tried all she could tocomfort her father and make his home happy.Once, when he was going on a journey to try and mendhis affairs, he called them around him, and asked themwhat he should bring them when he returned. The twoelder ones wanted each a number of nice presents; butBeauty, kissing him sweetly, said she would be contentwith a rose. So when the merchant was on his wayback, he came to an elegant garden, of which the gatestood open; and thinking of Beauty's rose, he went in,and plucking a beautiful one, prepared to proceed onhis journey.
The Merchant and the Beast.As he turned to go, he saw a hideous Beast comingtowards him, armed with a sword! This terrible creaturereproached him for stealing his flowers, of which he wasvery choice; and threatened to kill him on the spot! Themerchant begged for his life, and said, that he had onlytaken “a single one to please his daughter Beauty.” Onthis, the beast said gruffly, “well, I will let you off, if youwill bring one of your daughters here in your place. Butshe must come here willingly, and meanwhile you maystay and rest in my palace until to-morrow.” But, as youmay well believe, the poor father did not feel much likeeating or sleeping; although everything was done for hiscomfort, and, in the morning, the Beast sent him homeupon a beautiful horse. But though the birds sangaround him, and the sun shone brightly, and all naturewas smiling on his path, the heart of the poor merchantwas heavy, when he thought of his beloved daughters.When he came near his home, his children came forthto meet him; but, seeing the sadness of his face, andhis eyes filled with tears, they asked him the cause ofhis trouble. Giving the rose to Beauty, he told her all.The two elder sisters laid all the blame upon Beauty;who cried bitterly, and said that as she was the cause ofher father's misfortune, she alone must suffer for it, andwas quite willing to go. So Beauty got ready for thejourney at once. The father (who meant to return to theBeast himself, after embracing his children) tried todissuade her, but in vain; and so the two set outtogether for the Beast's palace, much to the secret joyof the envious sisters.
When they arrived at the palace, the doors opened ofthemselves, sweet music was heard, and they found anelegant supper prepared. As soon as they hadrefreshed themselves, the Beast entered, and said in amild tone, “Beauty, did you come here willingly to takethe place of your father?” “Yes, sir,” she answered in asweet but trembling voice. “So much the better for you,”replied the Beast. “Your father can stay here to-night,but he must go home in the morning.” The Beast thenretired, giving Beauty so kind a look as he went out, thatshe felt quite encouraged. The next morning, when herfather left her, she cheered his heart by telling him thatshe thought she could soften the Beast's heart, andinduce him to spare her life. After he was gone, sheentered an elegant room, on the door of which waswritten, in letters of gold, “Beauty's room.”Lying on the table was a portrait of herself, set in goldand diamonds, and on the wall, these words: “Beauty isQueen here; all things will obey her.” Her meals wereserved to the sound of music; and at supper-time, theBeast after knocking timidly, would walk in and talk soamiably, that she soon lost all fear of him; and oncewhen he failed to come, felt quite disappointed! At last,one night, he said to her, “Am I so very ugly?” “Yes,indeed, you are,” said Beauty, “but you are so kind andgenerous, that I do not mind your looks.” “Will you marryme, then, dear Beauty?” said the poor Beast, with a lookof such eager entreaty in his eyes, that Beauty's heartmelted within her, and she was upon the point of saying“Yes!”
Beauty takes her Fathers place.But happening to look towards him, at that moment hercourage failed her, and, turning away her head, shereplied softly, “Oh! do not ask me.” The Beast then badeher good-night, with a sad voice, and went away sighingas if his heart would break. The palace was full ofrooms, containing the most beautiful objects. In oneroom she saw a numerous troupe of monkeys, of allsizes and colors. They came to meet her, making hervery low bows, and treating her with the greatestrespect. Beauty was much pleased with them, andasked them to show her about the palace. Instantly, twotall and graceful apes, in rich dresses, placedthemselves, with great gravity, one on each side of her,while two sprightly little monkeys held up her train aspages. And from this time forth they waited upon herwherever she went, with all the attention and respect,that officers of a royal palace are accustomed to pay tothe greatest Queens and Princesses.Am I so very ugly.In fact, Beauty was the Queen of this splendid palace.She had only to wish for anything to have it; and shewould have been quite contented if she could have hadsome company; for, except at supper-time, she wasalways alone! Then the Beast would come in andbehave so agreeably, that she liked him more andmore. And when he would say to her “dear Beauty willyou marry me?” in his soft and tender way, she couldhardly find it in her heart to refuse him.
Now, although Beauty had everything that heart couldwish, she could not forget her father and sisters. At last,one evening she begged so hard to go home for a visit,that the Beast consented to her wish, on her promisingnot to stay more than two months. He then gave her aring, telling her to place it on her dressing-table, whenshe wished either to go or return; and showed her awardrobe filled with the most elegant clothes, as well asa quantity of splendid presents for her father andsisters.The poor Beast was more sad than ever, after he hadgiven his consent to her absence. It seemed to him as ifhe could not look at her enough, nor muster courage toleave her. She tried to cheer him, saying, “Be of goodheart, Beauty will soon return,” but nothing seemed tocomfort him, and he went sadly away.Beauty felt very badly when she saw how much thepoor Beast suffered. She tried, however, to dismiss himfrom her thoughts, and to think only of the joy of seeingher dear father and sisters on the morrow. Beforeretiring to rest, she took good care to place the ringupon the table, and great was her joy, on awaking thenext morning, to find herself in her father's house, withthe clothes and gifts from the palace at her bed-side!At first she hardly knew where she was, for everythinglooked strange to her; but soon she heard the voice ofher father, and, rushing out of the room, threw herloving arms around his neck. Beauty then related all thekindness and delicacy of the Beast toward her, and inreturn discovered that he had been as liberal to herfather and sisters. He had given them the large andhandsome house in which they now lived, with anincome sufficient to keep them in comfort.For a long time Beauty was happy with her father andsisters; but she soon discovered that her sisters werejealous of her, and envied her the fine dresses andjewels the Beast had given her. She often thoughttenderly of the poor Beast, alone in his palace; and asthe two months were now over, she resolved to return tohim as she had promised. But her father could not bearto lose her again, and coaxed her to stay with him a fewdays longer; which she at last consented to do, withmany misgivings, when she thought of her brokenpromise to the lonely beast. At last, on the night beforeshe intended to return, she dreamed that she saw theunhappy beast lying dead on the ground in the palacegarden! She awoke, all trembling with terror andremorse, and, leaving a note on the table for her dearfather; placed the ring within her bosom, and wishedherself back again in the palace. As soon as daylightappeared, she called her attendants, and searched thepalace from top to bottom. But the Beast was nowhereto be found! She then ran to the garden, and there, inthe very spot that she had seen in her dream, lay thepoor Beast, gasping and senseless upon the ground;and seeming to be in the agonies of death! At this pitifulsight, Beauty clasped her hands, fell upon her knees,and reproached herself bitterly for having caused hisdeath.“Alas! poor Beast!” she said, “I am the cause of this.How can I ever forgive myself for my unkindness to you,
who were so good and generous to me, and mine, andnever even reproached me for my cruelty?”The Beast Dying.She then ran to a fountain for cold water, which shesprinkled over him, her tears meanwhile falling fastupon his hideous face. In a few moments the Beastopened his eyes, and said, “now, that I see you oncemore, I shall die contented.” “No, no,!” she cried, “youshall not die; you shall live, and Beauty will be yourfaithful wife!” The moment she uttered these words, adazzling light shone around—the palace was brilliantlylighted up, and the air was filled with delicious music.In place of the terrible and dying Beast, she saw ayoung and handsome Prince, who knelt at her feet, andtold her that he had been condemned to wear the formof a frightful Beast, until a beautiful girl should love himin spite of his ugliness! At the same moment, the Apes,and the Monkeys, who had been in attendance uponher, were transformed into elegantly dressed ladies andgentlemen, who ranged themselves at a respectfuldistance, and performed their duties, as Gentlemen,and Maids of Honor. The grateful Prince now claimedBeauty for his wife; and she who had loved him, evenunder the form of the Beast, was now tenfold more inlove with him, as he appeared in his rightful form. So thevery next day, Beauty and the Prince were married withgreat splendor, and lived happily together for ever after.
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