【睡前故事】Beauty and the Beast 美女与野兽 2016-09-30 每天一个经典睡前小故事，让孩子睡前得到正规英文发音滋养的同时，认识一个经典小故事。
《美女与野兽》Beauty and the Beast原作由法国博蒙夫人编著，故事描绘了一位被变成野兽的王子，与为履行父亲诺言来到古堡居住的姑娘贝儿。
Beauty and the Beast Part 1
ONCE UPON A TIME, in a town far away, there lived a rich merchant who had three pretty daughters.
The youngest daughter was the prettiest of the three and she was called Beauty. She was as good and kind as she was lovely. Her elder sisters, although they too were pretty, were neither kind nor good. They were selfish and proud.
One day their father came home looking very grave. When his daughters asked him what was the matter, he replied,” Alas, I am no longer rich. I have lost my fortune. We must all leave this beautiful house and go to live in a cottage in the country.
The elder sisters were very angry when they learned this news.
“What shall we do with ourselves all day in the country?” they asked.
Beauty said, “How nice it will be to live in the country among the woods and fields and flowers.”
So their father found a little cottage with a large garden in the country, and they all went to live there.
The father worked hard in the garden and, by selling his fruit and vegetables, made enough money to live comfortably.
One day, the father gathered his three daughters together and told them that he had to go to a distant town, on business. He might not return until the next day.
“Is there any little gift which I might bring home for you?” he asked each of his daughters in turn.
“Diamonds for me,” said the eldest daughter.
“Pearls for me,” said the second daughter.
“Please, Father, a bunch of white roses for me,” said Beauty.
Then their father rode away on horseback and Beauty waved to him from the doorstep.
When the merchant had finished his business he set off for home. Before long it grew dark and he lost his way. He found himself in a dense wood and could find no way out.
Then, at last, he saw a light in the distance and he rode towards it. However, as he drew nearer to the light, he found that the trees formed a wide avenue. He rode up the avenue and, to his surprise, arrived at the entrance to a palace.
The door of the palace stood open, but there was no one in sight so the merchant walked in. He went into a room on the right of the hall, where a fire blazed in the hearth. There he found a table set with supper for one.
The merchant was hungry and decided that he would first take his horse to the stable. Then he would return and, if there was still no one in the room, he would have a good meal.
When he returned from the stable, the room was still empty so he sat down and enjoyed the supper.
After supper, Beauty’s father felt sleepy and, crossing the hall, he found a bedroom all ready for use. He went to bed and slept soundly until the next morning.
When he awoke, his own clothes were nowhere to be seen but a new, embroidered suit lay on the chair, in their place. He dressed himself in the new clothes and then he set off for the stables, to see to his horse.
On the way to the stables, the merchant passed a beautiful rose garden. The sight of a white rose bush reminded him of Beauty’s wish and he left the path to gather a bunch of the roses.
He had only picked one rose then he heard a terrible sound behind him. Turning round he saw a big beast.
The big beast said, in a big voice, “You ungrateful man! Whose bed did you sleep in? Whose food have you eaten? And whose clothes are you wearing? Mine, mine, mine! And you repay my kindness by stealing my roses. You shall die!”
The big beast looked so fierce that the poor man was terrified.
“Please do not kill me,” he begged.
“Your life will be spared on one condition,” replied the beast. “You must come back here in a month’s time, bringing with you whatever shall first meet you on your return home.”
Beauty's father could not do other than agree to this.
As the merchant rode away from the palace, he thought about the promise he had given to the beast.
Then he remembered how Beauty had stood waving to him as he left home. An awful thought struck him. “What if it is Beauty who first greets me on my return?”
Meanwhile, Beauty waited at the window of her room, watching for her dear father to return. When she saw a figure on horseback appear in the distance, she skipped down the garden path.
Yes, it was her dear father returning home, but Beauty could not think what was wrong whit him. He looked so tired and sad.
Is there any little gift which I might bring home for you?