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1878. Excerpt: ... THE HISTORY OF BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. A Few
centuries ago lived a very wealthy merchant, who had three sons and
three daughters. The education he gave them was of the most
superior kind. The girls were all handsome; but the youngest was
styled tho Little Beauty, and hence she was, when grown up, called
by the name of Beauty, which made her sisters jealous, --who were
proud of their riches, kept only the grandest company, and laughed
at their youngest sister, whose study was to improve her mind. They
would only marry to a Duke or an Earl, while Beauty declined every
offer, thinking herself too young to be removed from her father's
house. All at once the merchant lost his wholo fortune, excepting a
small country house at a great distance from town, and told his
children, with tears in his eyes, they must go there and work for
their living. The two eldest answered, that they had several
lovers, who, they were sure, would be glad to have them, though
they had no fortune; but in this they were mistaken, for their
lovers slighted and forsook them in their poverty. As they were not
beloved, on account of their pride, every body said, "They do not
deserve to bo pitied; we are glad to see their pride humbled; let
them go and give themselves quality airs in milking tho cows and
minding their dairy. But," added they, "we are extremely concerned
for Beauty; she was such a charming sweet-tempered creature, spoke
so kindly to poor people, and was of such an affable obliging
disposition." Nay, several gentlemen would have married her, though
they knew she had not a penny; but she told them she could not
think of leaving her poor father in his misfortunes, but was
determined to go along with him into the coutry to comfort and
attend him. Poor Beauty at first was sadly grie...
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