Beauty and the Beast
That night, Belle refused to dine with the Beast. Instead, she crept (蹑手蹑脚地走) downstairs to the kitchen. All the Enchanted Objects fed and entertained (热情款待) her. Then Cogsworth agreed to take her on a tour.
Belle halted beneath a darkened (漆黑的的) staircase. “What’s up there?”
“Nothing absolutely (完全地) nothing of interest at all in the West Wing.”
But when Cogsworth wasn’t looking, Belle slipped away and raced up the staircase to a long hallway lined with broken mirrors.
Belle cautiously (小心翼翼地) opened the door at the end of (在…尽头) the corridor and entered a dank, filthy (肮脏的) room strewn with broken furniture (家具), torn (撕烂) curtains, and gray, gnawed (咬烂) bones. The only living object was a rose, shimmering (闪闪发光) beneath a glass dome.
Entranced (出神的), Belle lifted the cover and reached out to touch one soft, pink petal. She did not hear the Beast enter the room. “I warned you never to come here!” The Beast advanced (前进) on Belle. “GET OUT! GET OUT!” Terrified by his rage, she turned and ran.
Belle rushed past Cogsworth and Lumiere as she fled the castle. “Promise or no promise, I can’t stay here another minute!”
She found Philippe and they galloped (飞奔) through the snow until they met a pack of fierce, hungry wolves. Terrified, the horse reared and Belle fell to the ground. When Belle tried to defend Philippe, the wolves turned on her, snarling. Suddenly, a large paw pulled the animals off her. It was the Beast!
As Belle struggled to her feet, the wolves turned and attacked the Beast, growling fiercely. With a ferocious (凶猛的) howl, the Beast flung (掷；抛) off his attackers. As the surprised wolves ran off into the woods, the Beast collapsed (倒下), wounded.
Belle knew that this was her chance to escape, but when she looked at the fallen Beast, she could not leave him. “Here, lean against Philippe. I’ll help you back to the castle.” Meantime, Gaston and LeFou were plotting (密谋) to have Maurice put into M. D’Arque’s (达克先生) insane asylum (疯人院) unless (除非) Belle agreed to marry Gaston.
At the castle, Belle cleaned the Beast’s wounds and thanked him for saving her life. Later, she was quite surprised when he showed her a beautiful library. “I can’t believe it! I’ve never seen so many books in all my life!”
The Beast smiled for the first time. “Then it’s yours!”
That evening Mrs. Potts and the other objects watched Belle read a story to the Beast. They were filled with hope that the Beast and Belle were falling in love.
Gradually, the mood in the castle began to change. Belle and the Beast read together, dined together, and played together in the snow. They even had a snowball fight! When Belle watched the big, awkward (笨拙的) Beast try to feed some birds, she realized that he had a kind, gentle side to him-something that she hadn’t seen before.
In turn, the Beast began to hope that Belle would begin to care for him. He tidied his room, bathed, and dressed up (盛装打扮) for the evening. He was overjoyed when Belle taught him how to dance.