Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast

This rendition by Mahlon Craft features elements of other retellings that may not be as familiar to readers. Beauty’s relationship with her two sisters is explored in depth, and it is their selfishness that causes her to nearly lose the Beast. He has a softer heart and better intentions than other incarnations of the character. His imprisonment in the Beast’s body is because of a mischievous fairy rather than his own wickedness. The traditional patterns of the rose luring in the merchant father, Beauty’s self-sacrifice, the charm of the Beast...

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