"Then you will find a horse ready for you," he said. "Now goand eat your supper, and await my orders." strapon dp
The poor merchant, more dead than alive, went back to hisroom, where the most delicious supper was already served on thelittle table which was drawn up before a blazing fire. But he wastoo terrified to eat, and only tasted a few of the dishes, for fearthe Beast should be angry if he did not obey his orders. When hehad finished he heard a great noise in the next room, which heknew meant that the Beast was coming. As he could do nothingto escape his visit, the only thing that remained was to seem aslittle afraid as possible; so when the Beast appeared and askedroughly if he had supped well, the merchant answered humblythat he had, thanks to his host's kindness. Then the Beast warnedhim to remember their agreement, and to prepare his daughterexactly for what she had to expect.
"Do not get up to-morrow," he added, "until you see the sunand hear a golden bell ring. Then you will find your breakfastwaiting for you here, and the horse you are to ride will be readyin the courtyard. He will also bring you back again when youcome with your daughter a month hence. Farewell. Take a roseto Beauty, and remember your promise!" adam and eve shopping
The merchant was only too glad when the Beast went away,and though he could not sleep for sadness, he lay down until
the sun rose. Then, after a hasty breakfast, he went to gatherBeauty's rose, and mounted his horse, which carried him off soswiftly that in an instant he had lost sight of the palace, and hewas still wrapped in gloomy thoughts when it stopped before thedoor of the cottage.