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July 1st, 2013

may_lily: (Beauty and the Beast Love)
Monday, July 1st, 2013 07:53 pm
From my tumblr.

Most Animal Bridegroom tales, such as East of the Sun and West of the Moon or the Black Bull of Norroway, have the bridegroom as a specific animal, such as a bear or a bull or a lion. Madame de Villeneuve’s Beauty and the Beast, however, made him a non-specific ‘monster’. Madame de Beaumont’s more popular abridgement doesn’t describe the Beast, but Villeneuve does give a few lines of description.

From J. R. Planche’s translation, page 233:

He was terribly alarmed upon perceiving at his side a horrible beast, which, with an air of fury, laid upon his neck a kind of trunk, resembling an elephant’s…

Page 242:

A frightful noise, caused by the enormous weight of his body, by the terrible clank of his scales, and an awful roaring, announced his arrival.

Page 290:

The weight of my body had become so great that I could not lift myself; all that I could do was to sustain myself on my hands, which had in an instant become two horrible paws…

So a trunk, scales, and paws.