Years of life in the country passed as Beauty’s father worked to rebuild his business. With excitement he explained to his daughters that he had finally regained enough wealth to travel again on business. The elder sisters were excited to return to their old lives, but Beauty worried for her father.
“As was our tradition, I will bring you home something from my travels. My daughters, what would you like?” the merchant asked.
The older sisters began to rattle of lists of new jewels and fancy clothing that they had heard about over the years.
After they finished with their greedy desires, Beauty stepped forward and hugged her father tightly, saying kindly, “I simply want you to return to us safely father, if you wish to bring anything I only desire a rose. It is the one flower that I cannot find in the countryside.”