Image from page 160 of “Old-time stories;” (1921)
Title: Old-time stories;
Year: 1921 (1920s)
Authors: Perrault, Charles, 1628-1703
Publisher: [n.p.] Constable
Contributing Library: Information and Library Science Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Digitizing Sponsor: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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h joyto find, assembled in the hall, her father and her entirefamily. The lady who had appeared to her in her dreamhad had them transported to the castle. Beauty, said this lady (who was a celebrated fairy), come and receive the reward of your noble choice. Youpreferred merit to either beauty or wit, and you certainlydeserve to find these qualities combined in one person. Itis your destiny to become a great queen, but I hope thatthe pomp of royalty will not destroy your virtues. As foryou, ladies, she continued, turning to Beautys two sisters, I know your hearts and the malice they harbour. Yourdoom is to become statues, and under the stone that wrapsyou round to retain all your feelings. You will stand atthe door of your sisters palace, and I can visit no greaterpunishment upon you than that you shall be witnesses ofher happiness. Only when you recognise your faults canyou return to your present shape, and I am very muchafraid that you will be statues for ever. Pride, ill-temper, 134
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Your doom is to become statues Beauty and the Beast greed, and laziness can all be corrected, but nothing shortof a miracle will turn a wicked and envious heart. In a trice, with a tap of her hand, the fairy transportedthem all to the princes realm, where his subjects weredelighted to see him again. He married Beauty, and theylived together for a long time in happiness the more perfectbecause it was founded on virtue. 137 THE FRIENDLY FROG ONCE upon a time there was a king who had been atwar for a long time with his neighbours. Aftermany battles had been fought his capital wasbesieged by the enemy. Fearing for the safety of thequeen, the king implored her to take refuge in a strong-hold to which he himself had never been but once. Thequeen besought him with tears to let her remain at his side,and share his fate, and lamented loudly when the kingplaced her in the carriage which was to take her away underescort. The king promised to slip away whenever possible andpay her a visit, seekin
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