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  • A rich man lives in a big city near the sea. He has got three daughters and three sons.

  • One daughter is called 'Beauty' because she is very beautiful.

  • The other two daughters are called Rosalind and Hortensia.

  • They are lazy and unfriendly. They like going out and having fun.

  • They both want to find a rich husband. They do not like Beauty because she is beautiful.

  • Beauty has got long red hair. She is kind and friendly.

  • She likes staying at home and reading books. She also likes playing the piano.

  • Beauty's father is a merchant. One day he loses all his money because his

  • ship is lost at sea. 'My dear children,' he says sadly, 'I haven't

  • got much money. We're poor. We must leave this big house and

  • go and live in the country.' 'Oh, dear!' say the two sisters. 'We're poor

  • - this is terrible!' 'What bad luck!' say the three brothers.

  • 'We have to work now,' says Beauty's father. 'Work?' say the two sisters. 'No, we don't

  • want to work! And we don't want to live in the country.' They start to cry.

  • Beauty is sad but she says, 'Let's not cry! We can work and be happy without money.'

  • The family goes to the country and lives in a small house.

  • Beauty gets up at four o'clock every morning to clean the house and cook.

  • Then she washes the family's clothes in the river.

  • The three brothers work in the country. Rosalind and Hortensia do not work.

  • They do nothing all day. They sleep all morning and walk in the woods

  • in the afternoon. 'I'm unhappy,' says Rosalind. 'I don't like

  • the country because there's nothing to do.' 'We can't go to the theatre and wear nice

  • clothes,' says Hortensia. 'And we haven't got any friends.'

  • 'Look at Beauty,' says Rosalind angrily. 'She works and she's happy in this terrible place.'

  • Beauty's father says, 'Dear Beauty, you work a lot and you're always happy. You're a wonderful

  • daughter.' A year later Beauty's father gets an important

  • letter. He calls his six children and says, 'Listen

  • to this letter:' You ship is here.

  • It is not lost at sea! Please come to the port.

  • Everyone is happy. 'This is wonderful news!' say the three sons.

  • 'Yes,' says their father, 'the ship with my goods is in the port.'

  • 'We're rich again!' says Rosalind. 'We can buy beautiful clothes.'

  • 'We can go back to our big house in the city,' says Hortensia.

  • 'I must go to the port today,' says her father happily.

  • 'Oh, father,' says Hortensia, 'bring me some new clothes and new hats.'

  • 'Yes,' says Rosalind, 'and some new shoes and jewels.'

  • Beauty's father looks at her and says, 'What do you want, Beauty?'

  • 'Please don't spend your money, father,' says Beauty. 'Just bring me a rose.'

  • Beauty's father gets to the port and finds his ship.

  • But there are no goods on it - it is empty! 'What bad luck!' he says angrily. 'I must

  • go home and tell the children the bad news.' On the way home he crosses a big forest. It

  • is snowing and windy. He is lost. 'Where am I?' he thinks. 'Where can I go?

  • I'm very cold and tired.' He hears some wolves and he is afraid.

  • Suddenly he sees a big castle in the forest. And there are lights in the windows.

  • 'Oh, good!' he thinks. 'Perhaps the people in the castle can help me.'

  • He takes his horse to the stable near the castle.

  • He knocks on the big door of the castle but no one answers.

  • He waits outside the door. Then he opens the door and goes inside.

  • He sees a big hall with a fireplace. There is a long table with a lot of food on it.

  • He is cold and sits near the fireplace. 'How strange,' he thinks, 'there's no one

  • here.' He is hungry and sits down at the table and

  • starts to eat. Then he is sleepy. He finds a warm, comfortable

  • bed and falls asleep. The next morning he finds some new clothes

  • near his bed. 'How nice! New clothes!' he thinks. 'A kind

  • person lives in this castle.' He looks out of the window and is surprised.

  • 'It's not snowing and it's a beautiful day!' he thinks. 'And there are flowers in the garden.'

  • He gets dressed and goes to the hall. There are biscuits, chocolate and milk on the long

  • table. He sits down and says, 'Thank you for this

  • lovely breakfast.' He looks round but sees no one.

  • He eats and decides to go home. He goes to the stable and gets his horse. In the garden

  • he sees some roses. 'Beauty wants a rose,' he thinks. He takes

  • a lovely one. Suddenly he hears a terrible noise. He turns

  • round and sees an ugly monster. CHAPTER THREE - The Beast

  • 'You're a bad man!' cries the Beast angrily. 'You come to my castle and I save your life.

  • You eat here and you sleep here. And then you take one of my beautiful roses.

  • For this you must die!' Beauty's father starts to cry. Oh, sir, I'm

  • sorry! You're very kind. Please don't be angry with me. This rose is

  • for one of my daughters.' 'My name is not "sir'' - it is Beast. Please

  • call me by my name. You talk about your daughters. Then one of

  • your daughters must die in your place.' 'Oh, no!' says Beauty's father. 'They're young

  • and they don't want to die.' 'Then you must come back here and die,' says

  • the Beast. 'I can wait three months. Do you agree to come back?'

  • Beauty's father agrees to come back. 'My daughters must not die,' he thinks. 'I

  • want to go home and see my children for the last time.'

  • Before Beauty's father leaves the castle the Beast talks to him.

  • 'I'm not had,' says the Beast. 'Go back to your bedroom. There is a big chest there.

  • Fill it with everything you want and it is yours.'

  • Beauty's father fills the chest with a lot of gold.

  • Then he gets on his horse and goes home. When he is at home he gives the rose to Beauty.

  • 'Take this rose, Beauty,' he says sadly. 'Let me tell you about my terrible adventure.'

  • He tells his children about the empty ship in the port, the castle in the forest and

  • the Beast. Rosalind and Hortensia are angry with Beauty.

  • They say, 'Father must die because you like roses, Beauty!'

  • 'No,' says Beauty, 'father is not going to die. I'm going to the Beast's castle!'

  • 'No, dear sister,' say her three brothers. 'We're going to his castle and we're going

  • to kill him!' 'No, that's not possible,' says their father.

  • 'The Beast is very big and strong. I'm old - I must go and die.

  • But Beauty does not agree. She decides to go to the Beast's castle.

  • 'No, father,' she says, 'you must not go. I want to go!'

  • 'Never, my dear Beauty!' says her father. 'I'm not afraid,' says Beauty. 'You must live

  • and look after my brothers and sisters. They need you.'

  • Beauty's father thinks for a moment. Then he says sadly, 'Alright, Beauty. You can go.'

  • Beauty's brothers are very sad, but Hortensia and Rosalind are not.

  • The next morning Beauty and her father go to the Beast's castle.

  • Inside the castle they see a long table with a lot of good food on it.

  • Beauty and her father are not hungry, but they sit down and eat. Suddenly they hear

  • a loud noise. 'What's that terrible noise?' asks Beauty.

  • 'The Beast is coming,' says her father. Beauty sees the Beast's ugly face and she

  • is terrified 'Oh, this Beast is really terrible!' she thinks.

  • The Beast looks at her and says, 'You're a brave girl.'

  • 'I'm very sorry about the rose from your garden...,' says Beauty quietly.

  • The Beast looks at Beauty's father and says, 'You must go away tomorrow. And don't come

  • back! Do you understand?' Beauty's father looks at the Beast and then

  • at his daughter. 'Oh, Beauty,' he says, 'please go home! Let

  • me stay here!' 'No, father,' says Beauty. 'We must be brave.

  • We're both tired - let's go and sleep now. Tomorrow morning you can go home to my brothers

  • and sisters.' That night Beauty has a dream. In her dream

  • a good fairy says, 'You're a good girl, Beauty. And you've got

  • a kind heart. You want to save your father's life. You're

  • going to be very happy one day.' CHAPTER FOUR - Life at the Castle

  • The next morning Beauty's father leaves the castle. He is crying.

  • 'Don't cry, father,' says Beauty. 'Remember, I love you.'

  • 'Goodbye, dear Beauty,' says her father. Beauty is terrified. 'The Beast is going to

  • eat me tonight,' she thinks. 'I want to enjoy my last day. I'm going to

  • visit the garden of the castle.' She goes to see the big garden and she is

  • surprised. It is a beautiful garden with a lot of lovely flowers.

  • Then she goes to see the big castle. She looks in all the rooms.

  • On one door she sees this sign: BEAUTY'S ROOM She opens the door and sees a lovely room.

  • There is a nice bed and a mirror on the wall. Beauty looks round and thinks, 'There's a

  • piano and a lot of books for me. How strange! Perhaps the Beast doesn't want

  • to eat me tonight.' She takes a book and starts to read it. Suddenly

  • she sees these words on the pages: Welcome, Beauty! You're the queen here. Tell

  • me everything you want. 'I only want to see my poor father,' says

  • Beauty. Suddenly she sees her father in the mirror

  • on the wall. He is very sad. She also sees her home and

  • Hortensia and Rosalind. They are happy without Beauty.

  • 'The Beast is kind to me,' she thinks. 'Why am I afraid of him?'

  • At 12 o'clock she has lunch. After lunch she goes to her room.

  • 'What a beautiful piano!' thinks Beauty. 'I want to play it.'

  • She plays some wonderful music on the piano. Then she looks at all the books in her room.

  • Some of them have got pictures and others have not.

  • She takes a book about flowers and looks at the pictures of different flowers.

  • Then she sees pictures of roses of all colours.

  • 'Now I want to go to the garden and look at the lovely roses,' she thinks.

  • She goes to the garden and stays there all afternoon. She looks at the flowers and feels

  • happy. At dinner time she sits down at the long table

  • and then she hears the Beast coming. She is terrified.

  • 'Beauty, can I sit here with you?' asks the Beast.

  • 'You're the lord of the castle,' says Beauty. 'And you're the queen,' says the Beast. 'Can

  • I ask you a question?' 'Yes, of course,' says Beauty quietly.

  • 'Am I very ugly?' asks the Beast. Beauty does not know what to say. She looks

  • at him and thinks for a moment. 'Well, yes you are!' says Beauty. 'But you're

  • kind and polite.' The Beast looks at Beauty and smiles. 'You're

  • right, I'm terribly ugly but I'm kind. This is your home now, Beauty. Please don't

  • be sad!' 'Some men are handsome but they're not kind,'

  • says Beauty. 'I prefer you because you've got a good heart.

  • 'Thank you, Beauty,' says the Beast. Now Beauty is not afraid of the Beast and

  • she eats a big dinner. The Beast looks at her and asks a question.

  • Do you want to marry me, Beauty?' What a question! Beauty is terrified.

  • 'What can I say?' thinks Beauty. She is silent for a moment and then she says,

  • 'No, I'm sorry I don't want to marry you.' The Beast is angry and Beauty is afraid.

  • Then he goes out of the room and says, 'Goodbye, Beauty.'

  • CHAPTER FIVE - The Magic Ring Beauty spends three months at the beautiful

  • castle. Every day she reads books and plays the piano.

  • She walks everywhere in the big garden. She likes the tall trees and the flowers of different

  • colours. She puts beautiful flowers in the rooms of

  • the castle. Sometimes she makes perfume from the flowers.

  • But the days are long and she is often lonely. Beauty often thinks about her father, her

  • sisters and her brothers. 'I want to see my father again,' she thinks

  • sadly. 'And I want to see my home again too.' The Beast goes to see her every evening at

  • dinner time, at nine o'clock. They talk about interesting things and are

  • happy together. Beauty is not afraid of his ugly face now.

  • Every evening the Beast asks Beauty the same question:

  • 'Beauty, do you want to marry me?' And every evening Beauty answers, 'No.'

  • One day Beauty says, 'Why do you ask me the same question every evening?'

  • 'Because I hope to hear a different answer,' says the Beast.

  • 'I'm sorry, I don't want to marry you,' says Beauty.

  • The Beast is very sad. 'But I'm always going to be your friend,'

  • she says. 'You're a wonderful friend,' says the Beast.

  • 'And you are too,' says Beauty smiling. 'I know I'm terribly ugly,' says the Beast.

  • 'But I love you a lot. I'm very happy with you. Please, don't leave me!'

  • Beauty's face becomes red and she is quiet for a moment.

  • 'In the mirror of my room,' says Beauty, 'I see my poor father.

  • He's sad and lonely. He thinks I'm dead. My sisters are married and my brothers are away.

  • I want to see my father for the last time. Can I go and see him, please?'

  • 'Yes, you can go and see your father,' says the Beast. 'But I'm going to be very sad without

  • you.' 'Oh, thank you!' says Beauty happily. 'Please

  • don't be sad, Beast. I'm going to come back in a week.'

  • 'Alright,' says the Beast. 'You can visit your father tomorrow morning. But remember,

  • you must come back in a week. Before you come back put this ring on a table

  • near your bed. It's a magic ring. Goodbye, Beauty.'

  • CHAPTER SIX - The Sisters' Plan The next morning Beauty wakes up in her bedroom

  • in her father's house. She gets up and goes downstairs.

  • When her father sees her he cries, 'Beauty, is that you? How wonderful! My daughter is

  • well and she's here!' Beauty is very happy and hugs her father.

  • 'Get dressed quickly and then tell me about the Beast!' says her father happily.

  • She goes to her room and finds a chest full of beautiful clothes. 'This is a present from

  • the Beast!' says Beauty to her father. He's very nice and gives me presents every

  • day.' She chooses some lovely clothes. 'I want to give these lovely clothes to Rosalind

  • and Hortensia,' she says. When she says this the chest disappears!

  • 'The Beast is watching you,' says Beauty's father. 'These beautiful clothes are for you

  • and not for your sisters.' Suddenly the chest comes back again.

  • That morning Rosalind and Hortensia come to visit their sister. They are both very unhappy.

  • 'Oh, Beauty,' says Rosalind, 'I'm unhappy.' 'Why are you unhappy, Rosalind?' asks Beauty.

  • 'Oh, it's a long story,' says Rosalind. 'Please tell me,' says Beauty.

  • 'My husband is handsome and he spends all day in front of a mirror. He never looks at

  • me or talks to me.' 'Oh, dear, that's a big problem,' says Beauty.

  • Hortensia says, 'My husband is very clever, but he doesn't like anyone, and no one likes

  • him.' 'I can never invite my friends to lunch or

  • dinner because he doesn't like them.' 'We've got a lot of problems with our husbands,'

  • they say. 'My poor sisters!' says Beauty. 'I'm very

  • sorry.' 'Tell us about the Beast,' says Hortensia.

  • Oh, the Beast is not a bad man,' says Beauty. 'He's very kind. I live in his beautiful castle

  • and I'm the queen. I don't work. I read, play the piano and walk

  • in the garden. Every evening the Beast comes to see me at

  • dinner and we talk about a lot of things. It's wonderful.'

  • The two sisters are very angry and they go to the garden.

  • 'Beauty wears lovely clothes and shoes,' says Rosalind. 'She's like a queen.

  • She's very happy. Why is she lucky? And why are we unlucky?'

  • 'You're right, Rosalind,' says Hortensia. 'We're not very lucky.

  • But maybe we can be lucky! Beauty has to return to the Beast in a week, or he's going to get

  • angry and eat her!' 'Then we must keep her here,' says Rosalind.

  • 'Then the Beast is going to get angry.' During the week the two sisters are kind to

  • Beauty. They talk and laugh with her. They walk together in the country. Beauty

  • is happy with her sisters. 'Rosalind and Hortensia love me,' she thinks.

  • 'They're good sisters and I love them a lot.' At the end of the week Beauty says, 'I must

  • go back to the Beast's castle.' But her sisters start to cry.

  • 'Oh, Beauty,' says Rosalind, 'please stay with us another week. We need you.'

  • 'Yes, Beauty,' says Hortensia, 'please don't leave us. We have fun with you and we love

  • you.' 'Yes,' says Rosalind, 'stay with us! We can

  • do a lot of things together.' Beauty does not know what to do. She decides

  • to stay another week. CHAPTER SEVEN - The Dream

  • The Beast is going to be very sad without me,' Beauty thinks.