Although it was difficult to detect any expression on the beast's face, he seemed pleased.
He surely cannot intent to harm me, she thought.
Each day she grew ever more fond of the beast, no longer paying any heed to his ugliness.
Beauty, I cannot refuse you anything, but I fear this request.
I dread that once you are home you will never return and I shall die of grief.
She thought, the creature is talking nonsense. It's a frog! It lives in the water with frogs. How can it come to court and behave as if it were human?
He may not be handsome, but he has a good character and swims as well as the others, if not better.