So there’s been this post going around about Gaston’s line “screw your courage to the sticking place” and how it’s from Macbeth and joking about how if Gaston’s read that then he should have told Belle, would have made flirting with her easier.
Macbeth was originally a play. A play to be acted. Not a book to be read.
I posit that Gaston has never read Macbeth, but saw it as a play. Think about it, some traveling actors are passing through, probably put on a show to earn the money to rest a couple days and resupply. Macbeth has magic, witches, prophecy, fighting, nand a ‘rightful king returns’ plot, so it’s probably a crowd-pleaser.
And Gaston, watching that play, does what any of us does when we hear a superbly badass line and remembers it for being so cool. He’s probably used it other times too, when he wants to sound awesome.
You might think a meet-and-greet with 150 people sounds sad, because maybe you think I’m forced to do it. But you would be surprised. A meaningful conversation doesn’t mean that conversation has to last an hour. A meet-and-greet might sound weird to someone who’s never done one, but after ten years, you learn to appreciate happiness when it happens, and that happiness is rare and fleeting, and that you’re not entitled to it.