"Beauty's Father at the Castle Gates" September 3, 2016 from beauty and the beast "Beauty's Father at the Castle Gates," oil on panel, 25" x 7" On the journey home that night, things for the merchant got even worse. He was caught in a blinding snowstorm in a forest thirty miles from home. As the wind howled, he could barely make out the shapes of hungry wolves as they followed him through the woods, waiting for his stumbling horse to slip and fall. Then, miraculously, he caught sight of a light through the trees. Soon he could see that it was not just a single light but an entire mansion, with windows aglow from cellar to roof.