The merchant begs to be set free, arguing that he had only
picked the rose as a gift for his youngest daughter. The Beast agrees to
let him give the rose to Belle, only if the merchant will return, or
his daughter goes to the castle in his place. The merchant is upset, but
accepts this condition. The Beast sends him on his way, with jewels and
fine clothes for his daughters, and stresses that Belle must come to
the castle of her own accord. The merchant, upon arriving home, tries to
hide the secret from Belle, but she pries it from him and willingly
goes to the Beast’s castle. The Beast receives her graciously and
informs her that she is mistress of the castle, and he is her servant.
He gives her lavish clothing and food and carries on lengthy
conversations with her.
Catherine Parr, we are sent here by the king’s Majesty to offer you, after your days of mourning for your late husband are complete, His Majesty’s hand in marriage. His Majesty esteems you above all other women in his kingdom and hopes to find you well disposed towards his offer, in which case he will be the happiest man now alive in England, and you the happiest woman.