“Oh wow,” you’re thinking. “LKH actually got off her ass and wrote a real short story!”
No, sadly she didn’t. Beauty is not actually a short story. It’s a single scene that LKH’s editor (who has been MIA for many years, but has now reappeared) didn’t like because it was stupid… and pointless… and boring…. and stupid… and pointless… and boring… so he/she cut it. But LKH was determined to get a few dollars for that chunk of deathless prose that her muse vomited out after an all-night bender. So she repackaged it as an outtake.