Beauty's world is starting to look a little bit grim. One day, another cab pulls up next to Beauty's, and the horse pulling it is "[…] an old worn-out chestnut, with an ill-kept coat, and bones that showed plainly through it" (40.1). This unrecognizable horse looks at Beauty and says, "Black Beauty, is that you?" (40.1).
Guess who it is? It's Beauty's old friend Ginger.
Beauty reflects that she looks terrible, and they're able to talk for a minute. Ginger tells Beauty that she's been sold several times, but she's always moving down the ranks. At last she was bought by a man who rents out horses and cabs, who declared her worthless and has put her to work until she's "used up" (40.5). Oh, Ginger.
Poor Ginger tells Beauty she wishes she were dead.
Beauty is very upset, and puts his nose to hers, but can't think of a way to comfort her. Ginger tells him, "You are the only friend I ever had" (40.8), and then she drives off.
Some time later, Beauty sees a cart with a dead horse on it and describes the terrible sight of that horse. And sadly, the horse is familiar—a chestnut horse with a thin neck and a white streak on its forehead. Beauty says, "I believe it was Ginger; I hoped it was, for then her troubles would be over" (40.10). If our hearts weren't broken before, they are now.