Long ago, there lived a rich merchant and his three daughters. His youngest daughter was so beautiful that she was called Beauty by all who knew her. One day as the merchant was to go abroad for some work, he asked his daughters
Merchant: What shall I bring for you?
The first two daughters were greedy.
Two Daughters: We want nice clothes and fine jewels.
But Beauty was a very soft-spoken and kind-hearted girl. She didn’t make any difficult demands.
Beauty: Father, there are no red roses in our garden. Please get me a pair.
The merchant promised their gifts and went on his journey.
On his way, he came upon a castle. When he went a little closer, he saw that the castle was surrounded by a rose garden. The merchant was amazed by its beauty. At the same time, he was reminded of his youngest daughter Beauty’s request.
Merchant: Here I can get the red roses for Beauty.
So, he decided to take the roses from the garden. He entered the garden and found no one around. He quickly plucked two red roses and was just about to leave when he heard a loud roar behind him.
Merchant: What’s that terrible sound?
The merchant turned around. And then he was in for a shock. Standing in front of him was a huge creature, who had the face of a horrible beast and the body of a man.
Beast: How dare you pluck flowers from my garden?
Merchant: Two… only two roses. I plucked them for my daughter Beauty. Please let me go.
Beast: On one condition, you must bring your daughter Beauty to me. Or else, your whole family will be destroyed.
The merchant went home and narrated his sad story to his daughter. Beauty readily agreed to go to the castle with her father.
They reached the castle.
Beast: Good, now your father can go home and you will stay with me.
Beauty: What shall I call you?
Beast: You may call me Beast.
Beauty waved a sad farewell to her father. But she was happy that she had saved her family.
Beauty started to live with the beast. He would always take care of Beauty. The beast gave her a magical mirror in which she could see her family.
One day, Beauty saw in the mirror that her father was ill.
Beauty: Let me go home
Beast: Alright. But if you don’t return within a week, I will die.
Beauty: Of course, I’ll be back in a week.
The beast gave her the magical mirror. Then Beauty left for her father’s house. All went fine and her father regained good health very soon. Before Beauty knew what had happened ten days had passed. Beauty took the magical mirror and saw that the beast was severely ill. She was reminded of all the love and care that he had showered upon her.
Beauty: I must return! I can’t let him die like this.
Her heart was filled with love and she rushed towards his castle. There in the castle, the beast was lying still.
Beauty: Oh beast, oh beast. I did not mean to stay away so long. Please do not die. Please come back to me. You are so good and kind.
She kissed his ugly head. Just then there was a sudden flash of light, and the beast was transformed into a handsome prince.
Beast: Beauty, my dear. I was under an evil spell of a witch. The spell could only be broken when a beautiful girl loved me and wanted me despite my ugliness. The spell was broken when you kissed me.
Beauty was overjoyed. The prince and Beauty married and lived happily forever.
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST