Long ago in the midst of a dark forest stood a forbidding castle, and in this castle lived a Beast, who was terrifying in both temper and appearance.
Beauty and the Beast, page 2
The next morning she watched the man on his way, and was about to turn back to the castle when he reached up and broke a rose from the most beautiful rose tree in her garden.
Beauty and the Beast, page 3
Each day Beauty was in the castle the Beast endeavoured to find new things to distract and delight her, from the great castle library, to rooms of paintings and sculptures, to gardens in which roses were but the least of the charms.
Beauty and the Beast, page 4
Barely conscious, the Beast hardly heard as Beauty clattered into the castle grounds, dress muddy and torn from a wild ride through the dark forest to return to the Beast. Beauty sobbed and held the Beast. She had returned in all haste when she realised how much the Beast meant to her and how lost she would be without her.
“And I do love you, Beast, I do!” she lamented through her tears, “please, let me not be too late!”
Allerleirauh, page 1
Once upon a time in a cold and bitter land there ruled a King and Queen with their only child, a young daughter. Now it happened that the King was selfish, greedy and cruel...
Allerleirauh, page 2
She threw on the cloak of many furs and crept out of the castle in the dead of night.
Allerleirauh, page 3
The Princess told them she was a poor orphan and begged for work at the palace. They called her Allerleirauh, or All-Kinds-Of-Fur, and she was given work in the kitchens.
Cinderella, page 1
Once upon a time an old woman named Ella lived in a large house on the edge of a fine city. Ella was merry, clever and kind to everyone she met. Among her neighbours she was known for three things. If she listened long enough and thought hard enough she could find a solution to anyone’s problems. She believed the best of everyone and always had a smile or a warm word for them. And she could speak to birds, and they would understand her and speak back.
Cinderella, page 1 (close-up)
Cinderella, page 2
Eventually Ella was to be found most days in drudgery in the kitchen and often slept exhausted by the fire. When she served the family their meals they would comment on the soot and cinders on her ragged dress and call her Cinderella. Ella sometimes found a sharp word on the tip of her tongue, but something still held her back.
Cinderella, page 3 (i)
The King was pacing anxiously in the royal garden when a cautious finch dropped the paper before him. On it he found written Hold a ball.
Cinderella, page 3 (ii)
Unfortunately, the King did not have Ella’s powers of deduction and did not understand the hint. Ella sent another message. This time, the King was hurrying past the royal stables when a cheeky robin dropped a scrap of paper on his head that said Invite all the women in the kingdom.
Cinderella, page 3 (iii)
The King put two and two together and thought it sounded a rather lovely idea, but it didn’t stop him worrying about the prince. Ella, continuing to hear the gossip in the city, sent a third message. The King was hastening through the royal courtyard when a bold wren dropped a note by his feet that read Hope a sensible one chooses to marry him.
Cinderella, page 4
Ella looked down and saw that her rags had turned into a shimmery dress, with yards and yards of silk and gauze skirts, under which she teetered in two little glass slippers.
“Fairy Godmother,” said Ella rather tartly, having discovered the identity of the old woman, “I would not call this outfit ‘straightforward’.”
The old woman eyed Ella. “Usually they just wear what they’re given,” she said grumpily.
Ella suddenly found herself feeling unexpectedly bold. “Usually, I imagine, they’re less than half my age and don’t know how to stand up to you!” she replied.
“Oh very well then,” said the old woman, and tapped the twig against her hand again. At once Ella found herself in a very smart and comfortable outfit, with a beautifully embroidered cloak, and elegant boots with only a hint of glass in the buttons up the sides.
Cinderella, page 5
“I suspect,” said the King, “that I am going to need someone wise, patient and kind if we are to make these two fit to rule. And there is no one I’d rather have at my side to do it. Have you ever fancied living in a palace?”
The Goose Girl
The Goose Girl, page 1
Once upon a time, a young doctor set out to make her fortune in the world ...
As the group travelled further and further from their home, the land became drier and the days warmer. Falada was strong and brave and carried the young doctor proudly, but the attendants’ horses were older beasts that walked with heads drooping and hooves dragging in the sandy dirt.
The Goose Girl, page 2
As the young doctor dipped her cup into the creek the handkerchief slipped out. It fluttered in the wind a moment before being caught in the water and swiftly washed away.
The Goose Girl, page 3
Every morning as the goose girl drove her geese out to the paddock and the dam, she passed Falada and said “Alas Falada, waiting there.” And Falada replied, “Alas young doctor passing by. If your mother only knew, her heart would surely break in two.” The goose girl sighed sadly and went on her way.
The Goose Girl, page 4
The goose girl went with the Mayor to her house, and when she arrived she found that rather than the sick animal she expected, it was the Mayor’s own grandchild who was ill.
The Goose Girl, page 5
The Mayor recounted the whole story as though it had happened to another, and the false doctor turned paler and paler with each word, then leapt up from the table in a frightful hurry. The last that anyone from that town ever saw of her was her back as she and the two other attendants ran helter skelter out of town.
The Princess and the Pea
The Princess and the Pea, page 1
Once upon a time a quiet, lonely Prince lived in a castle by the edge of a stormy ocean. The Prince loved to dream about what might lie across the ocean, and sometimes he would write stories about the strange creatures and people he imagined lived there, or play his lute while watching the waves crash against the cliff below the castle. But alas, the Prince could only do these things in secret, for the King and Queen were determined that he should spend his time in the princely pursuits of hunting, fighting and learning to rule.
The Princess and the Pea, page 2
The Princess and the Pea, page 3
The Queen found some dry clothes for the Princess, and once she was warm and dressed in what the Queen considered to be garments much more suitable for a princess, they all returned to dinner.
The Princess and the Pea, page 4
And what a bed it was! Twenty mattresses were piled one on top of the other, and on top of those lay twenty eiderdown quilts. A ladder reached all the way to the top so the poor Princess could get into the bed. “Oh dear,” said the Prince, blushing quite red. “The princess test.” The Princess gave him a bemused look, and with some effort the prince lifted up the bottom mattress enough to show her a pea placed in the middle of the bed under all the mattresses. He reluctantly explained his parents’ idea. They believed the pea would cause so much discomfort to a true princess, who by her very nature would be incredibly delicate, that she would not be able to sleep all night. “I was hoping if you weren’t too tired, you might tell me of your adventures,” said the Prince to break the awkward silence. “Right.” Said the Princess. “Help me get a mattress down so we’ll have somewhere sensible to sit."
The Princess and the Pea, page 5
There was the Prince running towards them, carrying a bag overflowing with books, quills, inks and paper, with his lute thrown over his shoulder.
Princess close up
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