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The text, in varying forms, was reprinted many times within the year of its first appearance, and over the course of the following years. Dorset's authorship was soon revealed, and she followed it up with The Lion's Masquerade , also first appearing in and on a similar theme, and then Think Before You Speak two years later. For this, her last major work, she had changed her publisher, ditching John Harris, who had profited so much from her Peacock , and taking her work to Mary Jane and William Godwin's 'Juvenile Library' for more on the Godwins' publishing firm see Kinnell Le Prince de Beaumont had adopted the plan used by Sarah Fielding in The Governess - a dialogue between a teacher and her pupils in which various instructive stories are interpolated.
The most famous such story in Le Prince de Beaumont's work was undoubtedly Beauty and the Beast see or Charles Perrault had written a similar version, Les Souhaits ridicules , in , and The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature gives the gist of a more sexualised version which was to be found in the ninth century Persian Book of Sindib d Carpenter and Prichard : Le Prince de Beaumont, as was her wont, used the tale to teach moral and religious lessons.
Her pupils suggest one or two things they would wish for, if given the opportunity, but only one girl, who wishes 'to become the best of girls, for I find it very hard to keep from being naughty', is commended.
The wish will not come true, but Mrs. Affable, the author's mouthpiece, explains that 'as soon as one really wishes to be good and virtuous, one begins to be so' Le Prince de Beaumont : Dorset did not include such heavy-handed morality in her version, but it is still a little unfair of her to assert that translations of the tale before hers had rendered the tale 'not only insipid, but vulgar' 'Preface'.
Having said this, Dorset's version is much more amusing than her source.
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It was written in jaunty rhyming couplets, and was well and lavishly illustrated, after designs by William Mulready. But it also embellishes the original with several humorous interchanges between the two protagonists, Mr. They are happy, humble and apparently fairly poor cottagers although the engraving opposite p.
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