"Can you really love such an ugly creature as I am?" said theBeast faintly. "Ah! Beauty, you only came just in time. I wasdying because I thought you had forgotten your promise. But goback now and rest, I shall see you again by-and-by." strap on dilido
Beauty, who had half expected that he would be angry withher, was reassured by his gentle voice, and went back to thepalace, where supper was awaiting her; and afterwards the Beastcame in as usual, and talked about the time she had spent withher father, asking if she had enjoyed herself, and if they had allbeen very glad to see her.
Beauty answered politely, and quite enjoyed telling him allthat had happened to her. And when at last the time came forhim to go, and he asked, as he had so often asked before:
"Beauty, will you marry me?" she answered softly:
"Yes, dear Beast."
As she spoke a blaze of light sprang up before the windowsof the palace; fireworks crackled and guns banged, and acrossthe avenue of orange trees, in letters all made of fire-flies, waswritten: "Long live the Prince and his Bride."
Turning to ask the Beast what it could all mean, Beauty foundthat he had disappeared, and in his place stood her long-lovedPrince! At the same moment the wheels of a chariot were heardupon the terrace, and two ladies entered the room. One of themBeauty recognized as the stately lady she had seen in her dreams;the other was also so grand and queenly that Beauty hardly knewwhich to greet first.