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shining castle. Although he had everything his heart desired,
the prince was spoiled, selfish, and unkind. But then, one
winter's night, an old beggar woman came to the castle and
offered him a single rose in return for shelter from the bitter
cold. Repulsed by her haggard appearance, the prince sneered at
the gift and turned the old woman away, but she warned him not
to be deceived by appearances, for beauty is found within.
And when he dismissed her again, the old woman's ugliness
melted away to reveal a beautiful enchantress. The prince
tried to apologize, but it was too late, for she had seen that
there was no love in his heart, and as punishment, she
transformed him into a hideous beast, and placed a
powerful spell on the castle, and all who lived there.
Ashamed of his monstrous form, the beast concealed himself
inside his castle, with a magic mirror as his only window to
the outside world. The rose she had offered was truly an
enchanted rose, which would bloom until his twenty-first
year. If he could learn to love another, and earn her love in
return by the time the last petal fell, then the spell would
be broken. If not, he would be doomed to remain a beast for
all time. As the years passed, he fell into despair, and lost
all hope, for who could ever learn to love a beast?
(We have seen a progression of stained glass windows illustrating the
narration, as well as BEAST shredding his portrait. The camera slowly zooms
out from the castle and we see the title. Fade up on the home of BELLE. She
exits the front door and begins her walk into town.)
Every day, like the one before
Little town, full of little people
Waking up to say...
The same old bread and rolls to sell
Ev'ry morning just the same
Since the morning that we came
To this poor provincial town...
Good morning, Belle!
(BELLE jumps over to the bakery)
Where are you off to?
a beanstalk and an ogre and...
(Ignoring her) That's nice...Marie, the baguettes! Hurry up!!
Dazed and distracted, can't you tell?
Never part of any crowd
Cause her head's up on some cloud
(BELLE jumps on the back of a wagon and rides through town)
How is your family?
How is your wife?
I need six eggs!
That's too expensive!
(BELLE enters the bookshop)
Good morning. I've come to return the book I borrowed.
(Putting the book back on the shelf) Finished already?
Oh, I couldn't put it down! Have you got anything new?
(laughing) Not since yesterday.
(on ladder of bookshelf) That's all right. I'll borrow...
That one? But you've read it twice!
Well it's my favorite! (BELLE swings off side of ladder,
rolling down it's track) Far off places, daring
swordfights, magic spells, a prince in disguise!
(handing her the book) Well, if you like it all that much,
Look there she goes
That girl is so peculiar!
I wonder if she's feeling well!
With a dreamy far-off look!
And her nose stuck in a book!
ALL What a puzzle to the rest of us is Belle!
(BELLE sits on the edge of a fountain, singing to the sheep and the washing
woman in the background, who leaves)
Oh! Isn't this amazing!
It's my favorite part because, you'll see!
Here's where she meets Prince Charming
But she won't discover that it's him 'til chapter three!
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