"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!"
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. mens strap on
His sons and daughters, who had been very uneasy at his longabsence, rushed to meet him, eager to know the result of hisjourney, which, seeing him mounted upon a splendid horse andwrapped in a rich mantle, they supposed to be favorable. But hehid the truth from them at first, only saying sadly to Beauty ashe gave her the rose: harness strap on
"Here is what you asked me to bring you; you little know whatit has cost."
But this excited their curiosity so greatly that presently hetold them his adventures from beginning to end, and then theywere all very unhappy. The girls lamented loudly over their losthopes, and the sons declared that their father should not returnto this terrible castle, and began to make plans for killing theBeast if it should come to fetch him. But he reminded them thathe had promised to go back. Then the girls were very angrywith Beauty, and said it was all her fault, and that if she hadasked for something sensible this would never have happened,and complained bitterly that they should have to suffer for herfolly.