Beauty and the Beast
A rich merchant who had three sons and three daughters lived in a
big house in the city. His Youngest daughter was so beautiful she
was called Beauty by all who knew her. She was as sweet and good as
she was beautiful.
Sadly all of the merchant's ships were lost at sea and he and his family had to move to a small cottage in the country. His sons worked hard on the land and Beauty was happy working in the house, but his two elder daughters complained and grumbled all day long, especially about Beauty.
One day news came that a ship had arrived which would make the merchant wealthy again.
The merchant set off to the city, and just before he left he said, 'Tell me, daughters, what gifts would you like me to bring back for you?'
The two older girls asked for fine clothes and jewels, but Beauty wanted nothing . Realizing this made her sisters look greedy, she thought it best to ask for something. 'Bring me a rose, father,' she said, 'just a beautiful red rose.'
cottage 英 ['kɒtɪdʒ] 美 ['kɑtɪdʒ] n. 小屋；村舍；（农舍式的）小别墅
grumble 英 ['grʌmb(ə)l] 美 ['ɡrʌmbl] vi. 抱怨；嘟囔 n. 怨言 vt. 喃喃地说出 adv. 抱怨地表示；嘟囔地说
greedy 英 ['griːdɪ] 美 ['gridi] adj. 贪婪的；贪吃的；渴望的
jewel 英 ['dʒuːəl] 美 ['dʒuəl] n. 宝石；珠宝 vt. 镶以宝石；饰以珠宝