After the devastation of losing his fortune, the merchant had no choice but to move his daughters to the countryside where they all must learn to live a simpler life.
The move was expensive and the merchant asked that each of his daughters part with some of their possessions. The two eldest daughters refused to sell any of their fancy dresses or fine jewellery.
Seeing how troubled this made her father, Beauty agreed to part with nearly all of her beloved books, “It’s okay Father, I hear the countryside is stunning, I can spend my time exploring the real world now.”
The countryside really was beautiful, and it was the perfect place for Beauty to live. She spent sunny afternoons picking wild flowers and playing with the ducks in a small pond; she was truly happy, which made her father so proud.