try not to regret all you have left behind you, for you are destined to a better fate.
Only do not let yourself be deceived by appearances."
Beauty found her dreams so interesting that she was in no hurry to awake,
but presently the clock roused her by calling her name softly twelve times,
and then she got up and found her dressing-table
set out with everything she could possibly want;
and when her toilet was finished she found dinner
was waiting in the room next to hers.
But dinner does not take very long when you are all by yourself,
and very soon she sat down cosily in the corner of a sofa,
and began to think about the charming Prince she had seen in her dream.
"He said I could make him happy," said Beauty to herself.
"It seems, then, that this horrible Beast keeps him a prisoner.
How can I set him free?
I wonder why they both told me not to trust appearances?
I don't understand it.
But, after all, it was only a dream,
so why should I trouble myself about it?
I had better go and find something to do to amuse myself."
So she got up and began to explore some of the many rooms of the palace.
The first she entered was lined with mirrors,
and Beauty saw herself reflected on every side,
and thought she had never seen such a charming room.
Then a bracelet which was hanging from a chandelier caught her eye,
and on taking it down she was greatly surprised
to find that it held a portrait of her unknown admirer,
just as she had seen him in her dream.
With great delight she slipped the bracelet on her arm,
and went on into a gallery of pictures,
where she soon found a portrait of the same handsome Prince, as large as life,
and so well painted that as she studied it
he seemed to smile kindly at her.
excerpt from Beauty and the Beast,
part of The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang
It snowed all day.
My blizzard dreams came true.