The Blue Fairy Book - online childrens book

Illustrated classic fairy tales for children by Andrew Lang

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which became all the greater when she saw how frightened he was. But when the Beast really appeared, though she trembled at the sight of him, she made a great effort to hide her horror, and saluted him respectfully.
This evidently pleased the Beast. After looking at her he said, in a tone that might have struck terror into the boldest heart, though he did not seem to be angry :
' Good-evening, old man. Good-evening, Beauty.'
The merchant was too terrified to reply, but Beauty answered sweetly :
' Good-evening, Beast.'
' Have you come willingly ? ' asked the Beast. ' "Will you be content to stay here when your father goes away ? '
Beauty answered bravely that she was quite prepared to stay.
' I am pleased with you,' said the Beast. 'As you have come of your own accord, you may stay. As for you, old man,' he added, turning to the merchant, ' at sunrise to-rnorrow you will take your departure. When the bell rings get up quickly and eat your breakfast, and you will find the same horse waiting to take you home ; but remember that you must never expect to see my palace again.'
Then turning to Beauty, he said :
' Take your father into the next room, and help him to choose everything you think your brothers and sisters would like to have. You will find two travelling-trunks there; fill them as full as you can. It is only just that you should send them something very precious as a remembrance of yourself.'
Then he went away, after saying,' Good-bj'e. Beauty ; good-bye, old man ;' and though Beauty was beginning to think with great dismay of her father's departure, she was afraid to disobey the Beast's orders; and they wTent into the next room, which had shelves and cupboards all round it. They were greatly surprised at the riches it contained. There were splendid dresses fit for a queen, with all the ornaments that were to be worn with them; and when Beauty opened the cupboards she was quite dazzled by the gorgeous jewels that lay in heaps upon every shelf. After choosing a vast quantity, which she divided between her sisters —for she had made a heap of the wonderful dresses for each of them—she opened the last chest, which was full of goll.
11 think, father,' she said, ' that, as the gold will be more useful to you, we had better take out the other things again, and fill the
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