朗读故事：《丽声经典故事屋》第9级：Beauty and the Beast
The weeks passed and Bella grew fond of the beast. She began to look forward to his visits and they became friends.
She saw that he was often sad. He spent a lot of time in his garden, gazing at his flowers and sighing. Once, she saw a tear slip down his face.
Bella was sad too. “I miss my family,” she told the beast. The beast gave her a gift. “This is a magic mirror,” he told her. “Say what you want to see and the mirror will show you.”
Bella gazed in the mirror: “Mirror, mirror show me clear, Please show me my family dear.”
“Oh!” gasped Bella. “My father is ill! Let me go to him,” she begged. The beast could not bear to see Bella so unhappy. So he let her go. As she left, he said, “If you want to return here, use the magic mirror.”
Sadly, he watched her leave. Now he would be alone forever.
When the merchant saw his daughter returning, his spirits rose. From that day on he grew stronger until he was perfectly well. Summer was fading now. The days grew chilly. Petals and leaves began to fall.
“I wonder what the beast’s garden is like now,” thought Bella. She looked into her magic mirror and said: “Mirror, mirror show me, please, The lovely roses and the trees.”
To her horror, Bella saw the poor beast was lying by the rose bushes. All around him petals fell. The roses were fading away and dying. And so was he. It was then that Bella realised how much she cared for him.
Quick as a wink, Bella stepped into the mirror and ran to the beast’s side. “Oh Beast, my beast!” she cried. “Do not die! I would miss you! Please stay here with me!” A tear ran down her face and fell onto the beast’s dusty fur.
The tear glistened on his fur and the beast opened his eyes. Another tear ran down Bella’s face and as it fell, it sparkled in the light. Tear after tear fell. With each droplet the beast revived, just as a wilting rose will revive when you water it.
The beast sat up and rubbed his eyes. “You really care for me!” he said. “Someone as beautiful as you can care for someone as ugly as I am!”
Then there was a flash! In place of the ugly beast stood a handsome prince.
At first Bella didn’t understand. “You monster!” she shouted at the Prince. “What have you done with my lovely beast?”
But then the Prince told Bella the whole story. It was a long story of promises broken and promises kept, of beauty and ugliness and of love and kindness. Bella understood. “We have learned a lesson,” she said. “We must never judge anyone by how they look.” And so, of course, they both lived happily ever after.