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Beauty dines with the Beast in an illustration by Anne Anderson

Beauty and the Beast (French: La Belle et la Bête) is a traditional fairy tale (type 425C – enchanted husband – in the Aarne-Thompson classification). The first published version of the fairy tale was a rendition by Madame Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve, published in La jeune américaine, et les contes marins in 1740. The best-known written version was an abridgement of Mme Villeneuve's work published in 1756 by Mme Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont, in Magasin des enfants, ou dialogues entre une sage gouvernante et plusieurs de ses élèves; an English translation appeared in 1757.[1]

Variants of the tale are known across Italy.[2] In France, for example, Zémire et Azor is an operatic version of the story of Beauty and the Beast written by Marmontel and composed by Grétry in 1771. It had enormous success well into the 19th century.[3] It is based on Mme Leprince de Beaumont's version of the tale. The tale has perhaps been made most recently famous by the retelling in the 1991 Disney film.

Amour pour amour, by Nivelle de la Chaussée, is a 1742 play based on Villeneuve's version.



Illustration for Beauty and the Beast by Walter Crane

A wealthy merchant lived in a mansion with his three daughters, all of whom were very beautiful, but only the youngest, age 14, is named Belle (French for "beautiful," "La Belle" means "The Beautiful [person]") for being lovely and pure of heart. The merchant eventually loses all of his wealth in a tempest at sea, and he and his daughters must therefore live in a small farmhouse and work for their living. After some years of this, the merchant hears that one of the trade ships sent by himself had arrived in port, having escaped the destruction of its compatriots; therefore he returns to the city to discover whether it contains anything of monetary value. Before leaving, he asks his daughters whether they desire that he bring them any gift upon his return. His two elder daughters ask for jewelry and fine dresses, thinking that his wealth has returned; Belle is satisfied with the promise of a rose, as none grow in their part of the country. The merchant finds that his ship's cargo has been seized to pay his debts, leaving him without money by which to buy his daughters their presents.

During his return, he becomes lost in a forest. Seeking shelter, he enters a castle. He finds inside tables laden with food and drink, which have apparently been left for him by the castle's owner. The merchant accepts this gift and is about to leave when he sees a rose garden and recalls that Belle had desired a rose. Upon picking the most lovely rose he finds, the merchant is confronted by a hideous 'Beast', which tells him that for taking his (the Beast's) most precious possession after accepting his hospitality, the merchant must stay his prisoner forever. The merchant begs to be set free, arguing that he had only picked the rose as a gift for his youngest daughter. The Beast agrees to let him go only if the merchant will send his daughter to live in the castle in his place.

The merchant is upset, but accepts this condition. He tries, upon arriving home, to hide the secret from Belle; but she pries it from him and willingly goes to the Beast's castle. The Beast receives her graciously and treats her as his guest. He gives her lavish clothing and food and carries on lengthy conversations with her. Each night, the Beast asks Belle to marry him, only to be refused each time. After each refusal, Belle dreams of a handsome prince who pleads with her to answer why she keeps refusing him, and she replies that she cannot marry the prince because she loves him only as a friend. Belle does not make the connection between the handsome prince and the Beast and becomes convinced that the Beast is holding the prince captive somewhere in the castle. She searches for him and discovers multiple enchanted rooms, but of course, never the prince from her dreams.

For several months Belle lives a life of luxury at the Beast's palace, being waited on hand and foot by invisible servants, having no end of riches to amuse her and an endless supply of exquisite finery to wear. Yet eventually, she becomes homesick and begs the Beast to allow her to go to see her family. He allows it, if she will return exactly a week later. Belle agrees to this and sets off for home with an enchanted mirror and ring. The mirror allows her to see what is going on back at the Beast's castle, and the ring allows her to return to the castle in an instant when turned three times around her finger. Her older sisters are surprised to find her well fed and dressed in finery. They grow jealous of her happy life at the castle, and, hearing that she must return to the Beast on a certain day, beg her to stay another day, even putting onion in their eyes to make it appear as though they are weeping. It is their wish that the Beast will grow angry with Belle for breaking her promise and will eat her alive. Belle's heart is moved by her sisters' show of love, and she agrees to stay.

Belle begins to feel guilty about breaking her promise to the Beast and uses the mirror to see him back at the castle. She is horrified to discover that the Beast is lying half-dead of heartbreak near the rose bushes her father had stolen from and she immediately uses the ring to return to Beast.

By the time Belle finds the Beast he is already dead, and she weeps over him, saying that she loves him. When her tears strike him, the Beast comes back to life and is transformed into a handsome prince, aged 24. The Prince informs Belle that long ago a fairy turned him into a hideous beast after he refused to let her in from the rain, and that only by finding true love, despite his ugliness, could he break the curse. He and Belle are married and happily live their lives.

Villeneuve's version

Villeneuve's tale includes several elements that Beaumont's omits. Chiefly, the back-story of both Belle and the Beast is given. The Beast was a prince who lost his father at a young age, and whose mother had to wage war to defend his kingdom. The queen left him in care of an evil fairy, who tried to seduce him when he became an adult; when he refused, she transformed him into a beast. Belle's story reveals that she is not really a merchant's daughter but the offspring of a king and a good fairy. The wicked fairy had tried to murder Belle to marry her father the king, and Belle was put in the place of the merchant's dead daughter to protect her.[4] She also gave the castle elaborate magic, which obscured the more vital pieces of it.[5] Beaumont greatly pared down the cast of characters and simplified the tale to an almost archetypal simplicity.[6]


The urban opening is unusual in fairy tales, as is the social class of the characters, neither royal nor peasants. It may reflect the social changes occurring at the time of its first writing.[7]


Beauty and the Beast is Aarne-Thompson type 425C.[8] Other tales of this type include The Small-tooth Dog, The Singing, Springing Lark and Madame d'Aulnoy's Le Mouton (The Ram).[2]

Closely related to them are tales of Aarne-Thompson type 425A.[9] These include The Sprig of Rosemary, Cupid and Psyche, East of the Sun and West of the Moon, The Black Bull of Norroway, The Daughter of the Skies, The Enchanted Pig and White-Bear-King-Valemon.[10]

A common motif, often found in such tales, is that the transformation was accomplished by a thwarted supernatural lover -- nereid, fairy, elf, or troll; the victim must live in that form until finding another love, as beautiful as the thwarted lover.[11]


The tale has been notably adapted for both stage and screen several times.

Film versions

A French version of La Belle et la Bête was made in 1946, directed by Jean Cocteau, starring Jean Marais as the Beast and Josette Day as the Beauty. This version adds a subplot involving Belle's suitor Avenant, who schemes along with Belle's brother and sisters to journey to Beast's castle to kill him and capture his riches while the sisters work to delay Belle's return to the castle. When Avenant enters the magic pavilion which is the source of Beast's power, he is struck by an arrow fired by a guardian statue of the Roman goddess Diana, which transforms the dying Avenant into Beast and reverses the original Beast's curse. In 1994, Philip Glass wrote an opera, "La Belle et la Bête," based on Cocteau's film. Glass' composition follows the film scene by scene, effectively providing a new original soundtrack for the movie.

A 1962 version with Joyce Taylor and Mark Damon had the Beast as a prince who transformed into werewolf at night. The makeup was by Jack Pierce and based on his Universal Studios Wolf Man design.

In 1987, The Cannon Group and Golan-Globus Productions released a musical live action version, directed by Eugene Marner, starring John Savage as Beast, and Rebecca De Mornay as Beauty, with original music by Lori McKelvey. The plot of this adaption is more comparable to the authoritative Beaumont version than others. It was released on VHS in 1988 by Canon Video, and on DVD in 2005 by MGM Home Entertainment.

In 1991, Walt Disney Feature Animation produced a musical animated film adaptation of Walt Disney's Beauty and the Beast, directed by Kirk Wise & Gary Trousdale, with a screenplay by Linda Woolverton, and songs by Alan Menken & Howard Ashman. It won Academy Awards for Best Song and Best Original Score, in addition to becoming the first animated film to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture. It was also one of only two animated films included in AFI's 100 Years... 100 Passions list, which announced the 100 greatest love stories of all time. Like the 1946 version, the Disney version also names Beauty "Belle", and gives her a handsome suitor (based on Avenant but here named Gaston) who eventually plots to kill the Beast. Other aspects of the story are changed or added as well: In the Disney version, Belle's father (here called Maurice) is an inventor, not a merchant, and Belle is his only daughter. Belle is befriended by the Beast's servants, who have been transformed into household objects. (There is also an element of Bluebeard in it, in the sense that she is told, early on in the Beast's castle, not to go in a certain chamber, but disobeys him out of curiosity.) Belle returns from the Beast's castle when the handsome and popular but violent and boorish Gaston threatens Maurice, but eventually Gaston is killed during a final confrontation with the Beast. Beauty and the Beast is now considered one of the Walt Disney Company's classic animated films.

Children's film producer Diane Eskenazi produced an adaptation of Beauty and the Beast for Golden Films in 1993. The film, which relied on moderate animation techniques but was mostly faithful to the original tale, featured classical compositions as opposed to an original soundtrack, featuring the works of many well-known popular composers.

A 2009 film was made set in a medeval world[12]

A modern re-telling movie version of Beauty and the Beast is being made and will be released on 30 July 2010. The movie is called Beastly, based on the book Beastly by Alex Flinn. It will star Alex Pettyfer as the beast (named Kyle) and Vanessa Hudgens will portray the love interest (named Lindy).

Stage versions

  • The Disney film was adapted for the stage by Linda Woolverton and Alan Menken, who had worked on the film. Howard Ashman, the original lyricist, had died, and additional lyrics were written by Tim Rice. Seven new songs, "No Matter What", "Me", "Home", "How Long Must This Go On?", "Maison des Lunes", "Human Again", and "If I Can't Love Her" were added to those appearing in the original film score in the stage version. "Human Again" was written for the film by Menken and Ashman, but cut during the storyboarding phase because of continuity problems. [13] Modified by Menken and Rice to work in the stage production, "Human Again" was later added to the film itself in a new scene produced for its 2002 IMAX reissue. [13] Later, another song, "A Change In Me", was added for Belle. There is a great deal of emphasis on pyrotechnics, costuming and special effects to produce the imagery of the enchanted castle that was produced by Disney Theatrical. Some characters are given names and bigger roles, like the feather duster (Babette) and the Wardrobe (Madame de la Grande Bouche). This version of Beauty and the Beast is often examined in gender studies because of the underlying female and male roles it presents to young audiences. Disney's stage musical version of Beauty and the Beast closed on July 29, 2007 after 5,464 regular performances (and 46 previews). The 17th (and final) Belle was played by Anneliese van der Pol and Donny Osmond returned to play Gaston in the final performance. With Disney set to release its Broadway version of The Little Mermaid on November 3, 2007, it was believed that having two Disney heroines on Broadway at the same time would divide audiences between the two shows. The Little Mermaid ran through August 30, 2009 in the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre - the same theatre that "Beauty and the Beast" ran in from 1999 - 2007.
  • In 2003, the RSC put a version on stage that was closer to the original story than the Disney version. It was so popular that the RSC repeated it in 2004 with additions and slight variations to their original script.
  • Beauty and the Beast is often performed as a pantomime in the UK - there are many versions by many different authors. Often the character of a witch is introduced who turns the Prince into the Beast because he refuses to marry her - and a good fairy (usually called the Rose Fairy) who intervenes to help the plot reach a happy conclusion. Also in the pantomime versions the Prince often meets and falls in love with Beauty prior to his transformation (making the story more Cinderella-like). The traditional pantomime Dame figure (man dressed outrageously as a woman) can be either Beauty's mother or (again Cinderella-like) two of her sisters.
  • Beauty and the Beast was The Castle Theatre, Wellingborough Christmas show in Nov-Dec 2007 with all new music. The Castle's version of Beauty and the Beast tells the original story, though a traveling theatre company. The set included a spinning gyipsey cavivan. The show included characters called Madame Gabrielle, Suzanne, Barbot.
  • Beauty and the Beast, musical version, has recently (1–15 November 2008) been performed by the Gilbert and Sullivan Society, in conjunction with Leiz Moore and Allan Jeffery in Tasmania. The ultimate love story was a great success with thousands over the two week period coming out to view local talent at its very best in the 'tale as old as time'
  • The UK amatuer premiere of Disney's Beauty and the Beast was performed by the Southern Light Opera Company at the King's theatre in Edinburgh on the 1st of February 2010 and ran to the 6th February 2010. This was the first production by an amatuer company in the UK not in the West End, and not with an abridged version of the score. This has been confirmed by the rights holders Josef Weinbergers limited who attending the opening night and who were amazed with the performance.
  • The Irish Amateur Premiere of Beauty and The Beast will take place on Sunday the 31st of January 2010 and will run until Saturday 6th of February. It will be performed by Tipperary Musical Society in The Simon Ryan Theatre at Tipperarys Excel Centre Tipperary Town.


George C. Scott turned in a made-for-TV rendition in 1976, in which, early in the presentation, his Belle Beaumont Trish Van Devere spots him devouring some of the local wildlife in the style of a lion, only later to comport himself in his dialogues with her (still as the Beast) with the nobility and charm of a knight. Scott was nominated for an Emmy for his performance.

In 1984, Shelley Duvall's Faerie Tale Theatre produced an adaptation starring Klaus Kinski and Susan Sarandon. The sets, makeup and costumes were based on the 1946 film.

Beauty and the Beast, which owed as much to detective shows and fantasy fiction as to the fairy tale, originally broadcast from 1987 to 1989. This was centered around the relationship between Catherine, an attorney who lived in New York City, played by Linda Hamilton, and Vincent, a gentle but lion-faced "beast", played by Ron Perlman, who dwells in the tunnels beneath the city. Wendy Pini created two issues of a comic-book adaptation of the TV series. The series was cancelled when ratings fell after Hamilton decided to leave the show at the end of the second season.

There was also a 1995 cartoon based on Belle, from Disney's Beauty and The Beast.

In 1967, a made-for television movie called Ugly and the Model was made. It was a parody of the tale and is very loosely based on it.

HBO's Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child did a version of the story set in Equatorial Africa.

Prose versions

Beauty and the Beast has been the subject of many novels, most notably in Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast by Robin McKinley, a Newbery Award-winning author.[14] McKinley's second voyage into the tale of Beauty and the Beast resulted in Rose Daughter.[15]

Tanith Lee's collection Red As Blood, or Tales from the Sisters Grimmer included a science-fiction retelling, in which a wealthy merchant's daughter living in the far future falls in love with an alien.

Donna Jo Napoli wrote a YA novel, Beast, centered around the Beast's point-of-view and his life before he met Beauty. Besides the additional back-story, this version stays close to the original.

Nancy Holder wrote an entry in the Once Upon a Time series called Spirited, which is a loose retelling of the story with a young Englishwoman named Isabella Stevenson who falls in love with her captor, Wusamequin, a brooding Mohican medicine man during the French and Indian War. Cameron Dokey wrote an entry in the Once Upon A Time...(book series) called "Belle".

Beauty and the Beast are characters in the Fables comic book. They are resident in the New York City branch of Fabletown, and are rather poor at the beginning of the series. Beast's continued human appearance is contingent on the happiness of their marriage; when they quarrel, he begins to revert to his monstrous form. After the election of Prince Charming as mayor of Fabletown, they are promoted to, respectively, assistant to the mayor and sheriff, replacing Snow White and Bigby Wolf (Big Bad Wolf).

The story was adapted by Mercedes Lackey into her Elemental Masters novel The Fire Rose, setting the story in early 20th-century San Francisco.

Two separate adaptations of the tale appear in Angela Carter's short story collection The Bloody Chamber, which reinterprets several different fairy tales.

Fantasy author Francesca Lia Block included a retelling of the story in her collection The Rose and the Beast, which features modern retellings and alternate endings for nine classic fairy tales.

Author Alex Flinn wrote a retelling of Beauty and the Beast in a modern day setting in the "Beast's" point-of-view in the book Beastly, which is set in New York City and Brooklyn.

Beauty and the Beast in popular culture

  • Fables (comics) features both as featured characters of the series.
  • Beauty and the Geek is a television show produced by Ashton Kutcher
  • Beauty and the Beast is a critical plot theme of the Jem TV series episode "Beauty and the Rock Promoter".
  • Beauty and the Beast is the plot of the music video, and supposedly of the song, "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)" by Meat Loaf.
  • Stevie Nicks wrote the song "Beauty and the Beast" from her 1983 album The Wild Heart after viewing the Jean Cocteau film.[citation needed]
  • "Beauty and the Beast" is the name of a song by David Bowie.
  • "Beauty and the Beast" is the name of a song by jazz saxophonist Wayne Shorter
  • "Beauty and the Beast" is the name of a song by the Finnish band Nightwish.
  • "Beauty Is the Beast" is the name of a song by the Swedish band The Ark.
  • Marvel Comics published a four issue mini series titled Beauty & The Beast starring the X-Men's Beast and the Dazzler.
  • The video game Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots introduces a female quartet of bosses known as the Beauty and the Beast Unit.
  • The characters of Disney's Beauty and the Beast feature as part of the Squaresoft game Kingdom Hearts, with Belle being one of the captured princesses that must be rescued, and the Beast being a temporary party member. They reappear in Kingdom Hearts II, with the Beast's Castle being a world level, and the Beast being a key in the evil Organization XIII's plot. It is also a playable world in Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, where the events leading up to Kingdom Hearts II are explained.
  • Influenced the movie The Beautician and the Beast.
  • Many gothic metal and black metal bands (such as Sirenia, Penumbra, and Via Mistica) simultaneously employ the use of male death growl vocals and melodious female vocals in their songs, and the ensuing combined vocal style of such music is known popularly as Beauty and the Beast vocals.
  • An episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer is called "Beauty and the Beasts".
  • A Babyshambles song on their debut album is titled "La Belle et la Bête". In this instance Pete Doherty is talking of his relationship with former girlfriend Kate Moss.
  • In the computer game King's Quest VI, Alexander, with the assistance of a white rose and ring, must convince a serving girl to go to the Isle of the Beast where there are white roses to save himself from becoming a beast for trespassing in the beast's garden.
  • Valiant: a Modern Tale of Faerie is another retold version of Beauty and the Beast, where instead of a Prince and a merchants daughters, they use a young homeless run away as an unconventional beauty. There is no curse in this story, and the Beast does not turn into a prince at the end of the story, for Ravus is a Troll.

See also


  1. ^ Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont, Beauty and the Beast
  2. ^ a b Heidi Anne Heiner, "Tales Similar to Beauty and the Beast"
  3. ^ Thomas, Downing. Aesthetics of Opera in the Ancien Régime, 1647-1785. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2002.
  4. ^ Betsy Hearne, Beauty and the Beast: Visions and Revisions of An Old Tale, p 22-3 ISBN 0-226-32239-4
  5. ^ Betsy Hearne, Beauty and the Beast: Visions and Revisions of An Old Tale, p 25 ISBN 0-226-32239-4
  6. ^ Betsy Hearne,
  7. ^ Maria Tatar, p 45, The Annotated Classic Fairy Tales, ISBN 0-393-05163-3
  8. ^ Betsy Hearne, Beauty and the Beast: Visions and Revisions of An Old Tale, p 8-9 ISBN 0-226-32239-4
  9. ^ Betsy Hearne, Beauty and the Beast: Visions and Revisions of An Old Tale, p 10-11 ISBN 0-226-32239-4
  10. ^ Heidi Anne Heiner, "Tales Similar to East of the Sun & West of the Moon"
  11. ^ Francis James Child, The English and Scottish Popular Ballads, v 1, p 313-4, Dover Publications, New York 1965
  12. ^
  13. ^ a b Tale as Old as Time: The Making of Beauty and the Beast. [VCD]. Walt Disney Home Entertainment. 2002.
  14. ^ Robin McKinley, Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast ISBN 0060753102
  15. ^ Robin McKinley, Rose Daughter ISBN 0441005837

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Beauty and the Beast is a 1991 film about a young and beautiful French girl who falls in love with a hideous beast.

Directed by Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise. Written by Roger Allers, Kelly Asbury, Brenda Chapman, Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont, Tom Ellery, Kevin Harkey, Robert Lence, Burny Mattinson, Brian Pimental, Joe Ranft, Chris Sanders, Bruce Woodside and Linda Woolverton.
The most beautiful love story ever told.



  • [first lines] Once upon a time, in a faraway land, a young Prince lived in a shining castle. Although he had everything his heart desired, the Prince was spoiled, selfish, and unkind. But then, one winter's night, an old beggar-woman came to the castle and offered him a single rose in return for shelter from the bitter cold. Repulsed by her haggard appearance, the Prince sneered at the gift and turned the old woman away. But she warned him not to be deceived by appearances, for beauty is found within. And when he dismissed her again, the old woman's ugliness melted away to reveal a beautiful Enchantress. The Prince tried to apologize, but it was too late, for she had seen that there was no love in his heart; and as punishment, she transformed him into a hideous Beast --- and placed a powerful spell on the castle and all who lived there. Ashamed of his monstrous form, the Beast concealed himself inside his castle, with a magic mirror as his only window to the outside world. The rose she had offered was truly an enchanted rose, which would bloom until his 21st year. If he could learn to love another, and earn her love in return by the time the last petal fell, then the spell would be broken. If not, he would be doomed to remain a beast for all time. As the years passed, he fell into despair and lost all hope. For who could ever learn to love a Beast?


  • [growls] There's a stranger in here.
  • So, you've come to stare at the BEAST, have you?!?
  • Oh, it's no use. She's so beautiful, and I'm...Well, look at me!
  • She'll never see me as anything...but a monster. It's hopeless.
  • [To Mrs. Potts, Lumiere, and Cogsworth] But she is being so difficult!
  • [singing] She glanced this way, I thought I saw. And when we touched, she didn't shudder at my paw. No, it can't be. I'll just ignore. But then she's never looked at me that way before.
  • [said while dying in Belle's arms] You... You came back.


  • [singing] Little town, it's a quiet village. Everyday like the one before. Little town, full of little people, waking up to say...
  • [singing] There must be more than this provincial life!
  • [singing] Ohhh, isn't this amazing? It's my favorite part because, you see, here's where she meets Prince Charming. But she won't discover that it's him till chapter three.
  • Gaston, you are positively primeval.
  • [singing] I want adventure in the great wide somewhere. I want it more than I can tell. And for once it might be grand, to have someone understand. I want so much more than they've got planned.
  • [singing] There's something sweet and almost kind. But he was mean and he was coarse and unrefined. And now he's dear and so unsure. I wonder why I didn't see it there before.
  • He's no monster Gaston, you are!
  • (crying over the Beast's dead body) I love you.
  • (looking into the prince's blue eyes; recognizing him as the Beast) It is you!


  • [singing] Here in town there's only she, who is beautiful as me, so I'm making plans to woo and marry Belle!
  • [singing] I'm especially good at expectorating... [spits]
  • It's not right for a woman to read. Soon she starts getting ideas, and thinking...
  • I'd like to thank you all for coming to my wedding. But first I'd better go in there and propose to the girl!
  • [singing] I use antlers in all of my dec-orating!
  • [singing] When I was a lad I ate four dozen eggs every morning to help me get large! And now that I'm grown I eat five dozen eggs, so I'm roughly the size of a BARGE!
  • Were you in love with her, Beast? Did you honestly think she'd want you when she had someone like me?
  • It's over, Beast! Belle is mine! (it was originally "Time to die!" but they changed it to fit Belle back into the scene)
  • What's the matter, Beast? [laughs wickedly] Too kind and gentle to fight back?
  • [singing] And every last inch of me's covered in HAIR!
  • [singing] Screw your courage to the sticking place!
  • Take whatever booty you can find, but remember: the Beast is mine!


  • Ma chère, mademoiselle. It is with deepest pride and greatest pleasure that we welcome you tonight. And now, we invite you to relax, let us pull up a chair, as the dining room proudly presents... your dinner.
  • Zut alors! She has emerged!
  • It's a girl!
  • NOW!
  • Master, correct me if I'm wrong, but [chuckles] that might not be the best way to win the girl's affections.
  • Master, since the girl will be staying with us for quite some time, I think you might want to offer her a more comfortable room? [The Beast snarls at him] Then again, maybe not.
  • Sacre bleu! Invaders!


  • Couldn't keep quiet, could we? Just had to invite him to stay, didn't we? [imitating Lumiere] "Serve him tea. Sit in ze master's chair. Pet de pooch!"
  • As you can see, the psuedo-facade was stripped away to reveal a minimalist rococo design. Note the unusual inverted vaulted ceilings. This is yet another example of the late neoclassic Baroque period. And, as I always say, "If it's not Baroque, don't fix it!"
  • Enchanted? He-he ha-ha! Who said anything about the castle being enchanted? Ha-ha-ha... [to Lumiere] It was you, wasn't it?
  • As you were!
  • [suggesting things to woo Belle] Flowers, chocolates, promises you don't intend to keep...
  • You what?

Mrs. Potts

  • [singing] Tale as old as time, true as it can be. Barely even friends, then somebody bends unexpectedly.
  • After all this time, he's finally learned to love.
  • But it's not enough. She has to love him in return.
  • Now Chip, I'll not have you making up wild stories!
  • Cheer up child. It'll turn out alright in the end.
  • [To Villager] Up here, you scurvy scum! Now! [The tea cups dump scalding tea on Villager]


  • Mama, there's a girl in the castle!
  • See, I told ya!
  • [about to break into the basement with Maurice's wood-chopping contraption] Here we go! [later, after doing so] You guys gotta try this thing.
  • [last lines] Do I still have to sleep in the cupboard?


  • [to Lumiere the candlestick] I've been burnt by you before!

The Mob

  • [singing] We don't like what we don't understand, in fact it scares us, and this monster is mysterious at least...
  • [singing] Here we come, we're fifty strong, and fifty Frenchmen can't be wrong...
  • KILL THE BEAST! - [boom] - KILL THE BEAST! - [boom]


Gaston: [flicking through the pages of Belle's book] How can you read this? There's no pictures!
Belle: [laughs] Well, some people use their imagination.
Gaston: [tossing the book aside] Belle, it's about time you got your head out of those books and paid attention to more important things. Like me. The whole town's talking about it. It's not right for a woman to read. Soon she starts gettings ideas, and thinking...
Belle: Gaston, you are positively primeval.
Gaston: Why, thank you, Belle!
[Belle raises her eyebrows in surprise.]

[The Beast finds Maurice in the castle.]
Beast: Who are you? What are you doing here?!
Maurice: [frightened] I was lost in the woods and-and-
Beast: You're not welcome here!
Maurice: I'm sorry.
Beast: What are you staring at?!
Maurice: Nothing!
Beast: So you've come to stare at the BEAST, have you?!
Maurice: Please! I meant no harm. I just needed a place to stay.
Beast: I'll give you a place to stay! [grabs Maurice]
Maurice: No, please! No, no!

Gaston: When Belle and I come out that door...
LeFou: Oh, I know, I know! I strike up the band!
[The band plays "Here Comes The Bride" very rapidly.]
Gaston: [slams a tuba on LeFou's head] Not yet!
LeFou: Thorry!

Gaston: This is the day your dreams come true.
Belle: What do you know about my dreams, Gaston?
Gaston: Plenty! Here, picture this... [props his muddy boots on Belle's book] a rustic hunting lodge... [kicks off his boots and places his feet back on Belle's book; His feet are green, except for the big toe of his right foot] my latest kill roasting on the fire... and my little wife, massaging my feet... [flexes his feet twice; Belle notices Gaston's feet and shows some interest, but then plugs her nose when he mentions her massaging his feet, thinking his feet are stinky] while the little ones play on the floor with the dogs... [gets up] we'll have six or seven.
Belle: Dogs?
Gaston: [laughs] No, Belle! Strapping boys, like me!
Belle: Imagine that. [picks up her book, wipes it off, and puts it away]
Gaston: And do you know who that little wife will be?
Belle: [sarcastically] Let me think...
Gaston: You, Belle!
Belle: [backs up against front door] Gaston... I-I'm speechless... I really don't know what to say...
Gaston: [leans over her] Say you'll marry me!
Belle: I'm very sorry, Gaston...but...but I just don't deserve you! [she opens the door and Gaston tumbles out]

Belle: Papa? Papa? [Lumiere and Cogsworth go in] Hello? Is someone here? Wait! I'm looking for my father. I...That's funny. I'm sure there was someone. I-Is anyone here?
Maurice: Belle?
Belle: Papa! [grabs a torch and rushes to his cell door]
Maurice: H-How did you find me?
Belle: Oh, your hands are like ice. I've got to get you out of there.
Maurice: Belle, I want you to leave this place.
Belle: Who's done this to you?
Maurice: No time to explain. You must go! Now!
Belle: I won't leave you!
Beast: What are you doing here?!
[The Beast grabs Belle and turns her around, forcing her to let go of her torch.]
Maurice: Run, Belle! [torch goes out]
Belle: Who's there? Who are you?
Beast: The master of this castle. [roars]
Belle: I've come for my father. Please let him out. Can't you see he's sick?
Beast: Then he shouldn't have trespassed here!
Belle: But he could die. Please, I-I'll do anything.
Beast: There's nothing you can do. He's my prisoner. [starts to leave]
Belle: Oh, there must be some way I can...Wait! [The Beast stops in his tracks. Belle brings her face into the moonlight so he can see her.] Take me instead.
Beast: You?! [considers] You would...take his place?
Maurice: Belle, no! You don't know what you're doing!
Belle: [not listening] If I did, would you let him go?
Beast: Yes. must promise to stay here forever.
Belle: Come into the light.
[The Beast does so. Upon seeing him for the first time, Belle gasps, scared.]
Maurice: No, Belle! I won't let you do this!
[Ignoring him, Belle gets up and stands before the Beast.]
Belle: You have my word.
Beast: Done!
[He releases Maurice, who rushes to Belle's side.]
Maurice: No, Belle, listen to me. I'm old. I've lived my life.
[The Beast grabs Maurice away from Belle.]
Belle: Wait.
Maurice: Belle!
Belle: Wait!
[Cut to the Beast opening the castle door and dragging Maurice out.]
Maurice: No, please spare my daughter. Please!
Beast: She's no longer your concern. [throws Maurice into the Pallenquin and shuts its door] Take him to the village.
Maurice: Let me out! Please let me out! Let me out! Please! Please!
[The Pallenquin slinks like a spider while Belle, watching from afar, cries.]

[The Beast returns to the dungeon after sending Maurice back to the village in exchange for Belle.]
Lumiere: Master?
Beast: [growls] What?
Lumiere: Uh, since the girl is going to be with us for quite some time, I was thinking you might want to offer her a more comfortable room?
[Beast growls louder this time and lumbers off without saying a word.]
Lumiere: [with a nervous smile] Then again, maybe not!
[Cut to the dungeon]
Belle: [sobbing] You didn't even let me say goodbye! I'll never see him again! I didn't even get to say goodbye!
[Beast hangs his head in shame.]
Beast: I'll show you to your room.
Belle: My room? But I thought--
Beast: What, you wanna stay in the tower?
Belle: No.
Beast: Then follow me.

[The Beast is leading Belle to her bed chamber with Lumiere lighting the way.]
Lumiere: [whispers to the Beast] Say something to her.
Beast: Huh? Oh. [to Belle] I, uh, hope you like it here. [Lumiere silently encourages him to keep talking] The castle is your home now so you can go anywhere you like except the West Wing.
Belle: What's in the West-?
Beast: [firmly] It's forbidden!
(They arrive at the bed chamber.)
Beast: Now if you need anything, my servants will attend you.
Lumiere: [whispers] Dinner, invite her to dinner.
Beast: You will join me for dinner! THAT'S NOT A REQUEST!
[He slams the door shut. Belle, clearly regretting her decision, leaps onto her bed and weeps.]

Gaston: [singing] Lefou, I'm afraid I've been thinking...
Lefou: [singing] A dangerous pastime...
Gaston: I know! [grabs Lefou]

Beast: [through clenched teeth] Well, where is she?

Beast: [to Belle, muttering] Will you come down to dinner?
Belle: No!
Beast: [to the objects] Hmm?
Cogsworth: Suave. Genteel.
Beast: [back to Belle, with forced calm] It would give me great pleasure, if you would join me for dinner.
Cogsworth: And we say please.
Beast: Please?

[The Beast catches Belle in the West Wing and stops her from touching the enchanted rose, afraid she might damage it.]
Beast: Why did you come here?
Belle: I'm...I'm sorry.
Beast: I warned you never to come here!
Belle: I didn't mean any harm.

Belle: Here now. Oh, don't do that. Just hold still.
[Belle puts a wet towel on the Beast's wounds. He roars in pain.]
Beast: THAT HURTS!!!
Belle: If you hold still, it wouldn't hurt as much!
Beast: If you hadn't ran away, this wouldn't have happened!
Belle: If you hadn't frightened me, I wouldn't have run away!
Beast: [triumphantly] Well, you shouldn't have been in the West Wing!
Belle: Well, you should learn to control your temper.
[The Beast initially opens his mouth, but says nothing.]
Belle: Now hold still. This might sting a little.
[The Beast widens his eyes and grimaces as Belle reapplies the towel.]
Belle: By the way, thank you...for saving my life.
[The Beast stops grimacing and looks back at Belle.]
Beast: You're welcome.

Monsieur D'Arque: I don't usually leave the asylum in the middle of the night. But he said you'd make it worth my while.
[Gaston tosses him a bag of money.]
Monsieur D'Arque: Ah! I'm listening.
Gaston: It's like this...I've got my heart set on marrying Belle. But she needs a little...persuasion.
LeFou: [laughs] Turned him down flat.
[LeFou laughs again, but Gaston decks him.]
Gaston: Everyone knows her father is a lunatic. He was in here tonight, raving about a beast in a castle.
Monsieur D'Arque: Maurice is harmless.
Gaston: The point is Belle would do anything to keep him from being locked up.
LeFou: [laughs] Yeah, even marry him.
[Gaston threatens to deck him again and LeFou puts his mug over his eyes.]
Monsieur D'arque: So you want me to lock her father in the asylum, unless she agrees to marry you? [Gaston and LeFou nod.] Oh, that is despicable. [laughs sinisterly] I love it!
[Cut to Maurice, who's back at his cottage, preparing to leave again.]
Maurice: If no one will help me, then I'll go back alone! I-I don't care what it takes. I'll find that castle and somehow I'll get her out of there!
[Maurice departs. Shortly afterwards, Gaston and LeFou barge in right.]
Gaston: Belle! Maurice!
LeFou: Oh well. [Laughs] I guess it's not going to work after all.
[LeFou prepares to leave, but Gaston grabs him.]
Gaston: They have to come back sometime. And when they do, we'll be ready for them. LeFou...[Throws him into a pile of snow]...don't move from that spot. Until Belle and her father come home. [leaves]
LeFou: But...but I...[groans] nuts!
[LeFou hits the side of a wall and a pile of snow falls on top of him.]

Beast: [referring to Belle] I've never felt this way about anyone. [determined] I want to do something for her...but what?
Cogsworth: Oh, there's the usual things; flowers, chocolates, promises you don't intend to keep...
Lumiere: Ahhhh, no, no! It has to be something very speical. Something that sparks her interest. [Realizes] Wait a minute!
[Cut to the Beast with Belle]
Beast: Belle, there's something I want to show you.
[He starts opening the door, but then he closes it and turns back to Belle.]
Beast: But first, you have to close your eyes.
[Belle raises her eyebrow.]
Beast: It's a surprise.
[Belle closes her eyes. The Beast opens the door and leads her inside.]
Belle: Can I open them?
Beast: No, no, not yet! Wait here!
[The Beast opens two curtains to let the light in and Belle, still closing her eyes, smiles.]
Belle: Now can I open them?
Beast: All right. Now!
[Belle opens her eyes and sees that she has just stepped into the biggest library ever.]
Belle: I can't believe it! I've never seen so many books in all my life.
Beast: like it?
Belle: It's wonderful!
Beast: Then it's yours.
Belle: Thank you so much!

Lumiere: Voila! [Sees that the Beast has been given ringlets] Oh, you look
Beast: Stupid.
Lumiere: Not quite ze word I was looking for. Perhaps a little more off the top?

Beast: I let her go.
Cogsworth: [chuckles] Yes. Splen- [realizes what the Beast just said] You, what? How could you do that?!
Beast: I had to.
Cogsworth: Yes, but...why?
Beast: Because...I love her.
[Cut to after Cogsworth tells the other objects.]
Objects: He did WHAT?!
Cogsworth: Yes. I'm afraid it's true.
Chip: She's going away?
Lumiere: But he was so close.
Ms. Potts: After all this time, he's finally learned to love.
Lumiere: [excitedly] That's it then! That should break the spell!
Ms. Potts: But it's not enough. She has to love him in return.
Cogsworth: Now, it's too late.

Belle: [Answering the door] May I help you?
Monsieur D'Arque: I've come to collect your father.
Belle: My father?
Monsieur D'Arque: Don't worry, Mademoiselle. We'll take good care of him.
[He backs away, showing a carriage to the insane asylum.]
Belle: My father's not crazy!
LeFou: He was raving like a lunatic! [to the villagers] We all heard him, didn't we?
Villagers: Yeah!
Belle: No, I won't let you!
Maurice: [comes outside] Belle?
LeFou: [teasingly] Maurice, tell us again old man. Just how big was the beast?
Maurice: He was....He was enormous. I'd say at least eight....No, more like ten feet.
LeFou: [laughs] Well, you don't get much crazier than that!
[The Villagers laugh.]
Maurice: It's true, I tell you!
LeFou: Get him out of here!
[Two men carry Maurice away.]
Maurice: Let go of me!
Belle: No, you can't do this!
[Monsieur D'Arque shrugs her off. Gaston appears.]
Gaston: Poor Belle. It's a shame about your father.
Belle: You know he's not crazy, Gaston.
Gaston: Hmm. I might be able to clear up this...little misunderstanding. If...
Belle: If what?
Gaston: If you marry me.
[A look of revulsion crosses Belle's face, realizing that Gaston orchestrated the whole thing.]
Belle: What?
Gaston: One little word, Belle. That's all it takes.
Belle: Never!
Gaston: Have it your way!
Maurice: Belle! [Belle runs back into the house as Maurice turns to his captors.] Let go of me!
[Belle runs back outside with the magic mirror.]
Belle: My father's not crazy and I can prove it! [To the mirror] Show me the Beast!
[The mirror reveals the Beast and everyone yelps in terror.]
Village Woman: Is it dangerous?!
Belle: Oh no-no, he-he'd never hurt anyone! Please! I know he looks vicious, but he's really kind and gentle. He's my friend.
Gaston: If I didn't know better, I'd think you'd have feelings for this monster.
Belle: He's no monster, Gaston. YOU ARE!
[Gaston becomes visibly enraged.]
Gaston: She's as crazy as the old man! [Takes the mirror from Belle and turns to the crowd] The Beast will make off with your children! [Crowd gasps] He'll come after them in the night!
Belle: No!
Gaston: We're not safe until his head is mounted on my wall! I say we kill the Beast!
Villagers: Yeah!

[About the Beast]
Man 1: [singing] We're not safe until he's dead!
Man 2: [singing] He'll come stalking us at night!
Woman: [singing] Set to sacrifice our children to his monstrous appetite!
Man 3: [singing] He'll wreak havoc on our village if we let him wander free!
Gaston: [singing] So it's time to take some action, boys! It's time to follow me!
Through the mist, through the woods,
Through the darkness and the shadows;
It's a nightmare, but it's one exciting ride!
Say a prayer, then we're there
At the drawbridge of a castle,
And there's something truly terrible inside.
It's a Beast! He's got fangs, razor sharp ones!
Massive paws, killer claws for the feast!
Hear him roar, see him foam,
But we're not coming home
'Til he's dead! Good and dead!
Kill the Beast!
Belle: No! I won't let you do this!
Gaston: If you're not with us, you're against us! Bring the old man!
[Guards throw Maurice into the cellar.]
Maurice: Get your hands off me!
[Gaston throws Belle in as well.]
Gaston: We can't have them running off to warn the creature. [slams the cellar door]
Belle: Let us out!
Gaston: We'll rid the village of this Beast. Who's with me?!
Mob: I am! I am! I am! [singing] Light your torch, mount your horse!
Gaston: [singing] Screw your courage to the sticking place!
Mob: [singing] We're counting on Gaston to lead the way!
Through the mist, through the woods,
Where, within a haunted castle,
Something's lurking that you don't see ev'ry day!
It's a beast, one as tall as a mountain!
We won't rest 'til he's good and deceased!
Sally forth, tally ho!
Grab your sword, grab your bow!
Praise the Lord and here we go!
Gaston: We'll lay siege to the castle and bring back his head!

[The Beast lays dying with Belle at his side. Meanwhile, the rose is down to its last petal.]
Beast: came back...
Belle: Of course I came back. I couldn't let them... [hugs the Beast] Oh, this is all my fault. If only I'd gotten here sooner...
Beast:'s's better this way...
Belle: Don't talk like that. You'll be all right. We're together now. Everything's going to be fine. You'll see.
[Knowing better, the Beast reaches up and touches Belle's cheek.]
Beast: At least...I got to see last time.
(His hand falls and his eyes close.)
Belle: No. No! Please. Please! Please don't leave me! (Sobs) ...I love you...
[The last petal falls away, leaving Cogsworth, Lumiere, and Mrs. Potts distraught.]

[Belle's admission that she loves the Beast breaks the spell and turns him back into a human, bringing him back to life as well; he turns around and sees Belle for the first time as a human.]
The Prince:'s me!
[Belle gazes into his eyes and recognizes him.]
Belle: It is you!
[The two of them kiss, which effectively breaks the spell on the castle and turns all the objects back into humans as well.]
The Prince: Lumiere! Cogsworth! Mrs. Potts! Look at us!
Chip: Mama! Mama!
[Chip and the footstool respectively turn back into a boy and a dog.]

Cogsworth: [shakes Lumiere's hand in truce] Well, Lumiere, old friend. Shall we let bygones be bygones?
Lumiere: Of course, mon ami. I told you she would break ze spell!
Cogsworth: I beg your pardon, old friend, [laughs] but I believe I told you.
Lumiere: No, you didn't! I told you!
Cogsworth: You most certainly did not, you pompous, paraffin-headed peabrain!
Lumiere: En garde, you-you overgrown pocket watch!
[The two begin fighting again.]


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Beauty and the Beast
by Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont
The best-known written version of Mme. Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve's story; an abridgement published in 1756 in Magasin des enfants, ou dialogues entre une sage gouvernante et plusieurs de ses élèvesExcerpted from Beauty and the Beast on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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Ornamented with Elegant Engravings.

by Marie Le Prince de Beaumont

[Illustration: FRONTISPIECE The Beast Attacking the Merchant]




There was once a very rich merchant, who had six children, three sons, and three daughters; being a man of sense, he spared no cost for their education, but gave them all kinds of masters. His daughters were extremely handsome, especially the youngest; when she was little, every body admired her, and called her The little Beauty; so that, as she grew up, she still went by the name of Beauty, which made her sisters very jealous. The youngest, as she was handsome, was also better than her sisters. The two eldest had a great deal of pride, because they were rich. They gave themselves ridiculous airs, and would not visit other merchants' daughters, nor keep company with any but persons of quality. They went out every day upon parties of pleasure, balls, plays, concerts, etc. and laughed at their youngest sister, because she spent the greatest part of her time in reading good books. As it was known that they were to have great fortunes, several eminent merchants made their addresses to them; but the two eldest said they would never marry, unless they could meet with a Duke, or an Earl at least. Beauty very civilly thanked them that courted her, and told them she was too young yet to marry, but chose to stay with her father a few years longer.

All at once the merchant lost his whole fortune, excepting a small country-house at a great distance from town, and told his children, with tears in his eyes, they most go there and work for their living. The two eldest answered, that they would not leave the town, for they had several lovers, who they were sure would be glad to have them, though they had no fortune; but in this they were mistaken, for their lovers slighted and forsook them in their poverty. As they were not beloved on account of their pride, every body said, "they do not deserve to be pitied, we are glad to see their pride humbled, let them go and give themselves quality airs in milking the cows and minding their dairy. But, (added they,) we are extremely concerned for Beauty, she was such a charming, sweet-tempered creature, spoke so kindly to poor people, and was of such an affable, obliging disposition." Nay, several gentlemen would have married her, though they knew she had not a penny; but she told them she could not think of leaving her poor father in his misfortunes, but was determined to go along with him into the country to comfort and attend him. Poor Beauty at first was sadly grieved at the loss of her fortune; "but, (she said to herself,) were I to cry ever so much, that would not make things better, I must try to make myself happy without a fortune." When they came to their country-house, the merchant and his three sons applied themselves to husbandry and tillage; and Beauty rose at four in the morning, and made haste to have the house clean, and breakfast ready for the family. In the beginning she found it very difficult, for she had not been used to work as a servant; but in less than two months she grew stronger and healthier than ever. After she had done her work, she read, played on the harpsichord, or else sung whilst she spun. On the contrary, her two sisters did not know how to spend their time; they got up at ten, and did nothing but saunter about the whole day, lamenting the loss of their fine clothes and acquaintance. "Do but see our youngest sister, (said they one to the other,) what a poor, stupid mean-spirited creature she is, to be contented with such an unhappy situation." The good merchant was of a quite different opinion; he knew very well that Beauty out-shone her sisters, in her person as well as her mind, and admired her humility, industry, and patience; for her sisters not only left her all the work of the house to do, but insulted her every moment.

[Illustration: Beauty Making the Family's Breakfast]

The family had lived about a year in this retirement, when the merchant received a letter, with an account that a vessel, on board of which he had effects, was safely arrived. This news had liked to have turned the heads of the two eldest daughters, who immediately flattered themselves with the hopes of returning to town; for they were quite weary of a country life; and when they saw their father ready to set out, they begged of him to buy them new gowns, caps, rings, and all manner of trifles; but Beauty asked for nothing, for she thought to herself, that all the money her father was going to receive would scarce be sufficient to purchase every thing her sisters wanted. "What will you have, Beauty?" said her father. "Since you are so kind as to think of me, (answered she,) be so kind as to bring me a rose, for as none grow hereabouts, they are a kind of rarity." Not that Beauty cared for a rose, but she asked for something, lest she should seem by her example to condemn her sisters' conduct, who would have said she did it only to look particular. The good man went on his journey; but when he came there, they went to law with him about the merchandize, and after a great deal of trouble and pains to no purpose, he came back as poor as before.

He was within thirty miles of his own house, thinking on the pleasure he should have in seeing his children again, when going through a large forest he lost himself. It rained and snowed terribly, besides, the wind was so high, that it threw him twice off his horse; and night coming on, he began to apprehend being either starved to death with cold and hunger, or else devoured by the wolves, whom he heard howling all around him, when, on a sudden, looking through a long walk of trees, he saw a light at some distance, and going on a little farther, perceived it came from a palace illuminated from top to bottom. The merchant returned God thanks for this happy discovery, and hasted to the palace; but was greatly surprised at not meeting with anyone in the out-courts. His horse followed him, and seeing a large stable open, went in, and finding both hay and oats, the poor beast, who was almost famished, fell to eating very heartily. The merchant tied him up to the manger, and walked towards the house, where he saw no one, but entering into a large hall, he found a good fire, and a table plentifully set out, with but one cover laid. As he was wet quite through with the rain and snow, he drew near the fire to dry himself. "I hope, (said he,) the master of the house, or his servants, will excuse the liberty I take; I suppose it will not be long before some of them appear."

He waited a considerable time, till it struck eleven, and still nobody came: at last he was so hungry that he could stay no longer, but took a chicken and ate it in two mouthfuls, trembling all the while. After this, he drank a few glasses of wine, and growing more courageous, he went out of the hall, and crossed through several grand apartments with magnificent furniture, till he came into a chamber, which had an exceeding good bed in it, and as he was very much fatigued, and it was past midnight, he concluded it was best to shut the door, and go to bed.

It was ten the next morning before the merchant waked, and as he was going to rise, he was astonished to see a good suit of clothes in the room of his own, which were quite spoiled. "Certainly, (said he,) this palace belongs to some kind fairy, who has seen and pitied my distress." He looked through a window, but instead of snow saw the most delightful arbours, interwoven with the most beautiful flowers that ever were beheld. He then returned to the great hall, where he had supped the night before, and found some chocolate ready made on a little table. "Thank you, good Madam Fairy, (said he aloud,) for being so careful as to provide me a breakfast; I am extremely obliged to you for all your favours."

The good man drank his chocolate, and then went to look for his horse; but passing through an arbour of roses, he remembered Beauty's request to him, and gathered a branch on which were several; immediately he heard a great noise, and saw such a frightful beast coming towards him, that he was ready to faint away. "You are very ungrateful, (said the beast to him, in a terrible voice) I have saved your life by receiving you into my castle, and, in return, you steal my roses, which I value beyond any thing in the universe; but you shall die for it; I give you but a quarter of an hour to prepare yourself, to say your prayers." The merchant fell on his knees, and lifted up both his hands: "My Lord (said he,) I beseech you to forgive me, indeed I had no intention to offend in gathering a rose for one of my daughters, who desired me to bring her one." "My name is not My Lord, (replied the monster,) but Beast; I don't love compliments, not I; I like people should speak as they think; and so do not imagine I am to be moved by any of your flattering speeches; but you say you have got daughters; I will forgive you, on condition that one of them come willingly, and suffer for you. Let me have no words, but go about your business, and swear that if your daughter refuse to die in your stead, you will return within three months." The merchant had no mind to sacrifice his daughters to the ugly monster, but he thought, in obtaining this respite, he should have the satisfaction of seeing them once more; so he promised upon oath, he would return, and the Beast told him he might set out when he pleased; "but, (added he,) you shall not depart empty handed; go back to the room where you lay, and you will see a great empty chest; fill it with whatever you like best, and I will send it to your home," and at the same time Beast withdrew. "Well (said the good man to himself) if I must die, I shall have the comfort, at least, of leaving something to my poor children."

He returned to the bed-chamber, and finding a great quantity of broad pieces of gold, he filled the great chest the Beast had mentioned, locked it, and afterwards took his horse out of the stable, leaving the palace with as much grief as he had entered it with joy. The horse, of his own accord, took one of the roads of the forest; and in a few hours the good man was at home. His children came around him, but, instead of receiving their embraces with pleasure, he looked on them, and, holding up the branch he had in his hands, he burst into tears. "Here, Beauty, (said he,) take these roses; but little do you think how dear they are like to cost your unhappy father; and then related his fatal adventure: immediately the two eldest set up lamentable outcries, and said all manner of ill-natured things to Beauty, who did not cry at all. "Do but see the pride of that little wretch, (said they); she would not ask for fine clothes, as we did; but no, truly, Miss wanted to distinguish herself; so now she will be the death of our poor father, and yet she does not so much as shed a tear." "Why should I, (answered Beauty,) it would be very needless, for my father shall not suffer upon my account, since the monster will accept of one of his daughters, I will deliver myself up to all his fury, and I am very happy in thinking that my death will save my father's life, and be a proof of my tender love for him." "No, sister, (said her three brothers,) that shall not be, we will go find the monster, and either kill him, or perish in the attempt." "Do not imagine any such thing, my sons, (said the merchant,) Beast's power is so great, that I have no hopes of your overcoming him; I am charmed with Beauty's kind and generous offer, but I cannot yield to it; I am old, and have not long to live, so can only lose a few years, which I regret for your sakes alone, my dear children." "Indeed, father (said Beauty), you shall not go to the palace without me, you cannot hinder me from following you." It was to no purpose all they could say, Beauty still insisted on setting out for the fine palace; and her sisters were delighted at it, for her virtue and amiable qualities made them envious and jealous.

[Illustration: Beauty Delivered up to the Beast]

The merchant was so afflicted at the thoughts of losing his daughter, that he had quite forgot the chest full of gold; but at night, when he retired to rest, no sooner had he shut his chamber-door, than, to his great astonishment, he found it by his bedside; he was determined, however, not to tell his children that he was grown rich, because they would have wanted to return to town, and he was resolved not to leave the country; but he trusted Beauty with the secret: who informed him, that two gentlemen came in his absence, and courted her sisters; she begged her father to consent to their marriage, and give them fortunes; for she was so good, that she loved them, and forgave them heartily all their ill-usage. These wicked creatures rubbed their eyes with an onion, to force some tears when they parted with their sister; but her brothers were really concerned. Beauty was the only one who did not shed tears at parting, because she would not increase their uneasiness.

The horse took the direct road to the palace; and towards evening they perceived it illuminated as at first: the horse went of himself into the stable, and the good man and his daughter came into the great hall, where they found a table splendidly served up, and two covers. The merchant had no heart to eat; but Beauty endeavoured to appear cheerful, sat down to table, and helped him. Afterwards, thought she to herself, "Beast surely has a mind to fatten me before he eats me, since he provides such a plentiful entertainment." When they had supped, they heard a great noise, and the merchant, all in tears, bid his poor child farewell, for he thought Beast was coming. Beauty was sadly terrified at his horrid form, but she took courage as well as she could, and the monster having asked her if she came willingly; "y--e--s," said she, trembling. "You are very good, and I am greatly obliged to you; honest man, go your ways tomorrow morning, but never think of returning here again. Farewell, Beauty." "Farewell, Beast," answered she; and immediately the monster withdrew. "Oh, daughter, (said the merchant, embracing Beauty,) I am almost frightened to death; believe me, you had better go back, and let me stay here." "No, father, (said Beauty, in a resolute tone,) you shall set out tomorrow morning, and leave me to the care and protection of Providence." They went to bed, and thought they should not close their eyes all night; but scarce were they laid down, than they fell fast asleep; and Beauty dreamed, a fine lady came, and said to her, "I am content, Beauty, with your good will; this good action of yours, in giving up your own life to save your father's, shall not go unrewarded." Beauty waked, and told her father her dream, and though it helped to comfort him a little, yet he could not help crying bitterly, when he took leave of his dear child.

As soon as he was gone, Beauty sat down in the great hall, and fell a crying likewise; but as she was mistress of a great deal of resolution, she recommended herself to God, and resolved not to be uneasy the little time she had to live; for she firmly believed Beast would eat her up that night.

However, she thought she might as well walk about till then, and view this fine castle, which she could not help admiring; it was a delightful pleasant place, and she was extremely surprised at seeing a door, over which was wrote, "BEAUTY'S APARTMENT." She opened it hastily, and was quite dazzled with the magnificence that reigned throughout; but what chiefly took up her attention, was a large library, a harpsichord, and several music books. "Well, (said she to herself,) I see they will not let my time hang heavy on my hands for want of amusement." Then she reflected, "Were I but to stay here a day, there would not have been all these preparations." This consideration inspired her with fresh courage; and opening the library, she took a book, and read these words in letters of gold:--

/* "Welcome, Beauty, banish fear, You are queen and mistress here; Speak your wishes, speak your will, Swift obedience meets them still." /*

"Alas, (said she, with a sigh,) there is nothing I desire so much as to see my poor father, and to know what he is doing." She had no sooner said this, when casting her eyes on a great looking-glass, to her great amazement she saw her own home, where her father arrived with a very dejected countenance; her sisters went to meet him, and, notwithstanding their endeavours to appear sorrowful, their joy, felt for having got rid of their sister, was visible in every feature: a moment after, every thing disappeared, and Beauty's apprehensions at this proof of Beast's complaisance.

[Illustration: Beauty Looking in the Glass]

At noon she found dinner ready, and while at table, was entertained with an excellent concert of music, though without seeing any body: but at night, as she was going to sit down to supper, she heard the noise Beast made; and could not help being sadly terrified. "Beauty, (said the monster,) will you give me leave to see you sup?" "That is as you please," answered Beauty, trembling. "No, (replied the Beast,) you alone are mistress here; you need only bid me be gone, if my presence is troublesome, and I will immediately withdraw: but tell me, do not you think me very ugly?" "That is true, (said Beauty,) for I cannot tell a lie; but I believe you are very good-natured." "So I am, (said the monster,) but then, besides my ugliness, I have no sense; I know very well that I am a poor, silly, stupid creature." "'Tis no sign of folly to think so, (replied Beauty,) for never did fool know this, or had so humble a conceit of his own understanding." "Eat then, Beauty, (said the monster,) and endeavour to amuse yourself in your palace; for every thing here is yours, and I should be very uneasy if you were not happy." "You are very obliging, (answered Beauty;) I own I am pleased with your kindness, and when I consider that, your deformity scarce appears." "Yes, yes, (said the Beast,) my heart is good, but still I am a monster." "Among mankind, (says Beauty,) there are many that deserve that name more than you, and I prefer you, just as your are, to those, who, under a human form, hide a treacherous, corrupt, and ungrateful heart." "If I had sense enough, (replied the Beast,) I would make a fine compliment to thank you, but I am so dull, that I can only say, I am greatly obliged to you." Beauty ate a hearty supper, and had almost conquered her dread of the monster; but she had liked to have fainted away, when he said to her, "Beauty, will you be my wife?" She was some time before she durst answer; for she was afraid of making him angry, if she refused. At last, however, she said, trembling, "No, Beast." Immediately the poor monster began to sigh, and hissed so frightfully, that the whole palace echoed. But Beauty soon recovered her fright, for Beast having said, in a mournful voice, "then farewell, Beauty," left the room; and only turned back, now and then, to look at her as he went out.

When Beauty was alone, she felt a great deal of compassion for poor Beast. "Alas, (said she,) 'tis a thousand pities any thing so good- natured should be so ugly."

Beauty spent three months very contentedly in the palace: every evening Beast paid her a visit, and talked to her during supper, very rationally, with plain good common sense, but never with what the world calls wit; and Beauty daily discovered some valuable qualifications in the monster; and seeing him often, had so accustomed her to his deformity, that, far from dreading the time of his visit, she would often look on her watch to see when it would be nine; for the Beast never missed coming at that hour. There was but one thing that gave Beauty any concern, which was, that every night, before she went to bed, the monster always asked her, if she would be his wife. One day she said to him, "Beast, you make me very uneasy, I wish I could consent to marry you, but I am too sincere to make you believe that will ever happen: I shall always esteem you as a friend; endeavour to be satisfied with this." "I must, said the Beast, for, alas! I know too well my own misfortune; but then I love you with the tenderest affection: however, I ought to think myself happy that you will stay here; promise me never to leave me." Beauty blushed at these words; she had seen in her glass, that her father had pined himself sick for the loss of her, and she longed to see him again. "I could, (answered she), indeed promise never to leave you entirely, but I have so great a desire to see my father, that I shall fret to death, if you refuse me that satisfaction." "I had rather die myself, (said the monster,) than give you the least uneasiness: I will send you to your father, you shall remain with him, and poor Beast will die with grief." "No, (said Beauty, weeping,) I love you too well to be the cause of your death: I give you my promise to return in a week: you have shewn me that my sisters are married, and my brothers gone to the army; only let me stay a week with my father, as he is alone." "You shall be there tomorrow morning, (said the Beast,) but remember your promise: you need only lay your ring on the table before you go to bed, when you have a mind to come back: farewell, Beauty." Beast sighed as usual, bidding her good night; and Beauty went to bed very sad at seeing him so afflicted. When she waked the next morning, she found herself at her father's, and having rang a little bell, that was by her bed-side, she saw the maid come; who, the moment she saw her, gave a loud shriek; at which the good man ran up stairs, and thought he should have died with joy to see his dear daughter again. He held her fast locked in his arms above a quarter of an hour. As soon as the first transports were over, Beauty began to think of rising, and was afraid she had no clothes to put on; but the maid told her, that she had just found, in the next room, a large trunk full of gowns, covered with gold and diamonds. Beauty thanked good Beast for his kind care, and taking one of the plainest of them, she intended to make a present of the others to her sisters. She scarce had said so, when the trunk disappeared. Her father told her, that Beast insisted on her keeping them herself; and immediately both gowns and trunk came back again.

[Illustration: Beauty at Supper with the Beast]

Beauty dressed herself; and in the mean time they sent to her sisters, who hasted thither with their husbands. They were both of them very unhappy. The eldest had married a gentleman, extremely handsome indeed, but so fond of his own person, that he was full of nothing but his own dear self, and neglected his wife. The second had married a man of wit, but he only made use of it to plague and torment every body, and his wife most of all. Beauty's sisters sickened with envy, when they saw her dressed like a Princess, and more beautiful than ever; nor could all her obliging affectionate behaviour stifle their jealousy, which was ready to burst when she told them how happy she was. They went down into the garden to vent it in tears; and said one to the other, "In what is this little creature better than us, that she should be so much happier?" "Sister, said the eldest, a thought just strikes my mind; let us endeavour to detain her above a week, and perhaps the silly monster will be so enraged at her for breaking her word, that he will devour her." "Right, sister, answered the other, therefore we must shew her as much kindness as possible." After they had taken this resolution, they went up, and behaved so affectionately to their sister, that poor Beauty wept for joy. When the week was expired, they cried and tore their hair, and seemed so sorry to part with her, that she promised to stay a week longer.

In the mean time, Beauty could not help reflecting on herself for the uneasiness she was likely to cause poor Beast, whom she sincerely loved, and really longed to see again. The tenth night she spent at her father's, she dreamed she was in the palace garden, and that she saw Beast extended on the grass-plot, who seemed just expiring, and, in a dying voice, reproached her with her ingratitude. Beauty started out of her sleep and bursting into tears, "Am not I very wicked, (said she) to act so unkindly to Beast, that has studied so much to please me in every thing? Is it his fault that he is so ugly, and has so little sense? He is kind and good, and that is sufficient. Why did I refuse to marry him? I should be happier with the monster than my sisters are with their husbands; it is neither wit nor a fine person in a husband, that makes a woman happy; but virtue, sweetness of temper, and complaisance: and Beast has all these valuable qualifications. It is true, I do not feel the tenderness of affection for him, but I find I have the highest gratitude, esteem, and friendship; and I will not make him miserable; were I to be so ungrateful, I should never forgive myself." Beauty having said this, rose, put her ring on the table, and then laid down again; scarce was she in bed before she fell asleep; and when she waked the next morning, she was overjoyed to find herself in the Beast's palace. She put on one of her richest suits to please him, and waited for evening with the utmost impatience; at last the wished-for hour came, the clock struck nine, yet no Beast appeared. Beauty then feared she had been the cause of his death; she ran crying and wringing her hands all about the palace, like one in despair; after having sought for him every where, she recollected her dream, and flew to the canal in the garden, where she dreamed she saw him. There she found poor Beast stretched out, quite senseless, and, as she imagined, dead. She threw herself upon him without any dread, and finding his heart beat still, she fetched some water from the canal, and poured it on his head. Beast opened his eyes, and said to Beauty, "You forgot your promise, and I was so afflicted for having lost you, that I resolved to starve myself; but since I have the happiness of seeing you once more, I die satisfied." "No, dear Beast, (said Beauty,) you must not die; live to be my husband; from this moment I give you my hand, and swear to be none but yours. Alas! I thought I had only a friendship for you, but, the grief I now feel convinces me, that I cannot live without you." Beauty scarcely had pronounced these words, when she saw the palace sparkle with light; and fireworks, instruments of music, every thing, seemed to give notice of some great event: but nothing could fix her attention; she turned to her dear Beast, for whom she trembled with fear; but how great was her surprise! Beast had disappeared, and she saw, at her feet, one of the loveliest Princes that eye ever beheld, who returned her thanks for having put an end to the charm, under which he had so long resembled a Beast. Though this Prince was worthy of all her attention, she could not forbear asking where Beast was. "You see him at your feet, (said the Prince): a wicked fairy had condemned me to remain under that shape till a beautiful virgin should consent to marry me: the fairy likewise enjoined me to conceal my understanding; there was only you in the world generous enough to be won by the goodness of my temper; and in offering you my crown, I can't discharge the obligations I have to you." Beauty, agreeably surprised, gave the charming Prince her hand to rise; they went together into the castle, and Beauty was overjoyed to find, in the great hall, her father and his whole family, whom the beautiful lady, that appeared to her in her dream, had conveyed thither.

"Beauty, (said this lady,) come and receive the reward of your judicious choice; you have preferred virtue before either wit or beauty, and deserve to find a person in whom all these qualifications are united: you are going to be a great Queen; I hope the throne will not lessen your virtue, or make you forget yourself. As to you, ladies, (said the Fairy to Beauty's two sisters,) I know your hearts, and all the malice they contain: become two statues; but, under this transformation, still retain your reason. You shall stand before your sister's palace gate, and be it your punishment to behold her happiness; and it will not be in your power to return to your former state till you own your faults; but I am very much afraid that you will always remain statues. Pride, anger, gluttony, and idleness, are sometimes conquered, but the conversion of a malicious and envious mind is a kind of miracle." Immediately the fairy gave a stroke with her wand, and in a moment all that were in the hall were transported into the Prince's palace. His subjects received him with joy; he married Beauty, and lived with her many years; and their happiness, as it was founded on virtue, was complete.


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Beauty and the Beast

Developer(s) Hudson
Publisher(s) Hudson
Release date NES:
1994 (EU)
Genre 2D platformer
Mode(s) Single player
Age rating(s) N/A
Platform(s) Nintendo Entertainment System
Super Nintendo
Media Cartridge
Input NES Controller
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Beauty and the Beast is game released for the Nintendo Entertainment System, that was only released in Europe. It is loosely based on the Disney move of the same name.

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A drawing of Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast is a French folk story. It tells the story of a merchant who is lost in the woods. He finds the palace of a beast who wants to kill him, and makes a deal with the beast, to have his daughter in exchange. The daughter goes to live in the Beast's castle; the two fall in love; and the beast turns into a prince.

The story has been published and revised in many versions, most notably Madame Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve's 1740 retelling and its revision in 1756 by Madame Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont.

It was the inspiration for many other stories, as well as a 1980s TV series starring Linda Hamilton and Ron Pearlman. Several movies have been based on it, most famously Jean Cocteau's 1946 version and the 1991 animated version by Disney, which was nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award and inspired a long-running Broadway musical.

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