Once upon a time, in a far away land, a young princess lived in a shining castle. Born to a beloved royal family, she had everything her heart desired. Her mother was a gentle soul who loved her daughter very much, and as such the princess was loving and kind to those around her. But her father, a cruel, vain and selfish man, who did not share the same views as his wife did, was terribly unkind to those around him, and even more so to his own family.
But then, one winter's night, an old beggar woman came to the castle and offered the family a single rose in return for shelter from the bitter cold. Repulsed by her haggard appearance, the father sneered at the gift and turned the old woman away. But she warned him not to be deceived by appearances, for beauty is found within. His wife tried to have her husband reconsider, but alas, he scoffed at her words and she fell silent. And when he dismissed her again, the old woman's ugliness melted away to reveal a beautiful encha