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Beauty and the Beast

The hero and heroine of Madame Villeneuve's fairy tale. Beauty saved the life of her father by consenting to live with the Beast; and the Beast, being disenchanted by Beauty's love, became a handsome prince, and married her. (Contes Marines, 1740.)

A handsome woman with an uncouth or uncomely male companion.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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