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The Bookseller is a character in Disney's 1991 animated feature film, Beauty and the Beast. He is the owner of a small bookshop/library in the village that Belle lived in. He is one of the few villagers who is genuinely friendly to Belle.


Beauty and the Beast

During the film's opening musical number, Belle enters his workplace with the intention of returning a book that she had previously borrowed, she questions if there is anything new, to which the Book Seller denies, after choosing a book that she had already read twice, the Book Seller kindly gives the book to Belle as a gift and watches as Belle departs.

Beauty and the Beast (2017)

In the live-action remake, the Bookseller is changed to Père Robert (French for "Father Robert"), the village chaplain.

He is first seen when Belle arrives at his chapel, to return a book that she had borrowed from him. Belle asks him if he has any new books, which he hasn't, but assures Belle that she could borrow one of his old ones. A few hours later, Père Robert helps Belle pick up her laundry, which some of the villagers have thrown on the street on the orders of the headmaster after discovering Belle teaching a young girl to read.

He later appears at the tavern, when Gaston arrives and Maurice accuses Gaston of having tried to kill him. When Gaston throws Maurice into the back of Monsieur D'Arque's carriage, Pére Robert insists that Maurice is sick and needs to go to a hospital, not an asylum.

After Belle reveals the existence of the Beast, Père Robert watches in horror as the villagers head off to kill the Beast. However, it is likely he may have had a part in helping Belle and Maurice by setting the horses to the carriage loose to buy them some time as he did not go with the mob (probably believing in Belle's claim that the Beast was not dangerous). Père Robert later attends the ball at the castle, together with the others, after the curse is broken.


As Old as Time (A Twisted Tale)

In As Old as Time (A Twisted Tale), a variation on the original film based on the idea that the Enchantress was Belle's mother, the bookseller is named 'Monsieur Levi' and is identified as not only being an old friend of Belle's mother and Belle's own godfather but is also slightly magical himself, although his only 'magic' appears to be an extremely long life as he revealed to be at least over a century old. After various other magic users were 'arrested' by Monsieur D'Arque, Levi was forced to make a deal with D'Arque where he would be left alone so long as he did nothing to help other magical beings, Levi accepting this deal so that he can keep an eye on Belle. At the novel's conclusion, D'Arque has Levi arrested and his bookshop burned down, but he is swiftly rescued when the Beast reveals the truth about D'Arque to the rest of the village.


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Films: Beauty and the BeastThe Enchanted ChristmasBelle's Magical WorldBeauty and the Beast (2017)Video

Television: Sing Me a Story with BelleBelle's Tales of FriendshipHouse of MouseA Poem Is...
Books: The Beast Within: A Tale of Beauty's PrinceThe New Adventures of Beauty and the BeastWinter WonderlandSittin' Pretty!Tale as Old as Time: The Art and Making of Beauty and the BeastDisney Princess BeginningsAs Old as Time (A Twisted Tale)Royal WeddingsTale as Old as Time
Marvel Comics: A Chance For RomanceWardrobe's Big SurpriseThe Wishful WalkAlmost Amour!Lyrical Love Part 1 and 2Dove Tales Part 1 and 2
Video Games: Beauty and the Beast (video game)Belle's QuestRoar of the BeastA Board Game AdventureDisney InfinityDisney Infinity: 2.0 EditionKingdom HeartsKingdom Hearts IIKingdom Hearts 358/2 DaysKingdom Hearts χKingdom Hearts Unchained χ/Union χDisney Enchanted TalesDisney Emoji BlitzDisney Crossy RoadDisney Magic KingdomsBeauty and the Beast: Perfect MatchDisney Heroes: Battle Mode
Music: Beauty and the Beast (soundtrack)Beauty and the Beast (2017 soundtrack)The Legacy CollectionBeauty and the Beast (cast album)

Disney Parks
Animated Film: Beauty and the Beast Sing-AlongCastle of Magical DreamsDisney Animation BuildingDisney Friends of the MonthEnchanted Tale of Beauty and the BeastFairy Tale ForestLe Pays des Contes de FéesMickey's PhilharMagicPrincess PavilionVoyage to the Crystal Grotto

Live-Action Film: Disney Movie MagicDisney Illuminations
Entertainment: A Table is WaitingBeauty and the Beast Live on StageCinderella's Surprise CelebrationCinderellabration: Lights of RomanceDisney's BelieveDisney Dreams: An Enchanted ClassicEnchanted Tales with BelleFantasmic!Feel the MagicMickey and the MagicianMickey and the Wondrous BookMickey's Magical CelebrationMickey's Magical Music WorldOnce Upon a MouseThe PavilionRoyal Princess Music CelebrationRoyal TheatreThe Golden MickeysThe Starlit Princess Waltz
Restaurants: Be Our Guest RestaurantGaston's TavernRed Rose Taverne
Shops: Bonjour! Village Gifts
Parade: Celebrate A Dream Come True ParadeDisney's Dreams On Parade: Moving OnDisney's FantillusionDisney's Magical Moments ParadeDisney's Party ExpressDisney Carnivale ParadeDisney Stars on ParadeDreaming Up!Festival of Fantasy ParadeFlights of Fantasy ParadeHappiness is Here ParadeJubilation!Mickey's Rainy Day ExpressMove It! Shake It! MousekeDance It! Street PartyMickey's Soundsational ParadePaint the Night ParadeThe Wonderful World of Disney ParadeTokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade: DreamLightsVillains Cursed CaravanWalt Disney's Parade of Dreams
Firework: Celebrate! Tokyo DisneylandDisney Dreams!Disney EnchantmentDisney in the StarsHarmonioUSMagic, Music and MayhemThe Magic, the Memories and YouMagicalMomentousOnce Upon a TimeWishesWonderful World of AnimationWorld of ColorILLUMINATE! A Nighttime Celebration
Spring: Disney Color-Fest: A Street Party!Disney Pirate or Princess: Make Your Choice
Summer: Mickey's WaterWorks
Halloween: Frightfully Fun ParadeIt's Good to be Bad with the Disney VillainsLet's Get WickedMaze of Madness: The Nightmare Experiment ContinuesThe Disney Villains Halloween Showtime
Christmas: Disney Christmas StoriesRoyal Christmas Wishes

Original: BelleBeastCogsworthLumiereMrs. PottsChipThe Potts ChildrenChef BoucheVillagersMauricePhilippeGastonLeFouBimbettesSultanWardrobeFifiEnchantressMonsieur D'ArqueWolvesMusic BoxCoat RackGaston's BuddiesThe BooksellerPierrePalanquin

Enchanted Christmas: AngeliqueForteFife
Belle's Magical World: WebsterCraneLe PlumeWitherspoonChandeleria
Deleted Characters: ClariceMargueriteBelle's SistersBelle's SuitorsBelle's Mother
Sing Me a Story with Belle: HarmonyBig BookLewis and Carol
Book Characters: Countess de la PerleThunderLoveDeath
Remake: CadenzaJean PottsMonsieur ToiletteThe KingThe Queen

Original: PrologueBelleGastonBe Our GuestSomething ThereHuman AgainBeauty and the BeastThe Mob Song

Broadway: No Matter WhatMeHomeHow Long Must This Go On?If I Can't Love HerMaison Des LunesA Change in MeEnd Duet
Enchanted Christmas: StoriesAs Long As There's ChristmasDon't Fall in LoveA Cut Above the Rest
Belle's Magical World: A Little ThoughtListen With Our Hearts
Live-Action Film: AriaHow Does a Moment Last ForeverDays in the SunEvermore

Beast's CastleLibraryBelle's CottageVillageBallroomThe Black ForestTavernThe West WingBelle's Room
The Enchanted RoseEnchanted MirrorMaurice's Machine
See Also
Beauty and the Beast (musical)Beauty and the Beast Jr.Disney RenaissanceOriginal Screenplay