MORE Beauty and the Beast things I LOVE (collected upon a second viewing):
-The Enchantress/Agathe is played by Hattie Morahan, who played Elinor against Dan Stevens’s Edward in BBC’s 2008 Sense and Sensibility, and I love it when actors are brought back together. Gave me the same smiles as watching Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth in their one scene in The King’s Speech
-LeFou paying everyone in the tavern before “Gaston” because you know he choreographed that months before and they rehearse it every Thursday just in case.
-Cadenza is playing “Be Our Guest” when Maurice overhears the music!
-Maurice’s reaction to Chip is everything
-Maurice and Belle’s relationship is so sweet and wonderful and perfect, and the fact that hearing about it and seeing evidence of it is what finally convinces Beast that not all fathers are douchebags!
-Lumiere’s not a womanizer anymore! He’s devoted to Plumette, not just flirting with her and I love it
-I love Mme. de Garderobe attacking fragile masculinity with gowns and makeup, and then shouting “BE FREE” after them like some gender-role smashing fairy godmother
-”I am not a beast.” Ugh. Just, kill me with perfection why don’t you
-The Beast’s face and eyeroll and nine-year-old boy reaction to Belle’s love of R&J, and the fact that he GIVES HER HIS LIBRARY not because he wants to win her over, but because he just wants her to read better material, and if that isn’t 183% what I would also do, I don’t know what is
-Belle’s happy little shriek after the Beast leaves her alone in the library is all of us don’t pretend it’s not
-Belle trying to hide the rope out the window by standing in front of it. Like, sweetie.
-The juxtaposition of the opening and closing dances! With Adam in the first one flitting from partner to partner and even when he’s dancing with someone, he’s always looking around for a better option, versus that final dance when his eyes are 100% on Belle
-The castle getting more and more dilapidated as each petal falls
-THE BANTER YES FOREVER
There were so many more things but I couldn’t remember them all and I need to go see it again with a notebook, but SErIOUSLY until then COME GUSH IN MY INBOX I need to talk to people about this movie and I’m driving everyone in my real life crazy
He found his father-in-law in the sitting room that
overlooked the rose garden and the fountain, where the western wall was only a
thousand panes of polished glass. The sun was setting and the room was filled
with the rich, amber sunlight of a late summer evening and the paler flickers
from the hearth where drift-wood burned. Belle preferred the strangely shaped,
salt-rimed wood to the traditional oak and pine for the unusual dancing color
of the flames, the unpredictable shower of silver sparks, the fineness of the
ash left in the hearth. Maurice was smoking a pipe and the smoke curled like
twilight coming into the room, scenting the room with its sweetness.
“Maurice, I need to talk to you,” Adam began, running his
hand through his hair half-distracted, marveling a little at how human it felt.
“I wondered how long it would take for you to figure it
out,” Maurice said, puffing a little on the pipe, then setting it aside.
“Frankly, I’m rather impressed with how quickly you have understood. I have
perhaps underestimated you,” he said calmly, with an appraising amusement Adam
had never been subjected to before. The older man made a small gesture of
“It’s Belle. She’s…” Adam trailed off, searching himself for
the correct word, the right collection of words that would explain it.
“She’s terrifying,” her father said plainly. “She’s always
been this way, you know. Imagine how it was for me, I could hardly speak of it,
of her, to anyone else. And such a little girl, no one would have believed me.”
“I thought she just liked to read. I thought she was very
bright, self-taught– I thought,” Adam said. Maurice interrupted.
“You thought you could keep up with her. That it would be
easy to do so, no?”
“I found her reading Vitruvius and Taccola, di Giorgio in
the library. I didn’t know I owned the books, but I do. We do. I hardly knew
who they were but she explained. I thought she would be reading Marlowe or
Sidney or Marie de France, getting drunk on poetry, but she is designing a new
mill and a bridge for Villeneuve now!” Adam exclaimed.
“When she was four, she built herself an abacus from the
clock-work gears she found in my workshop. She learned German from the Belgian
woman who made the best rolls in town when we were in Bergues, Latin from the
priest,” Maurice paused. “I always wished there was an academy for her to
attend, a tutor I could hire but there was no school which would take her, no
teacher I could afford. Even to buy her a book was beyond me.”
“Does she love me only for my library?” Adam asked, aware he
sounded overly dramatic, the echo of the self he had been before Belle, before
the Beast, when he had been the prince and never gainsaid by anyone. Maurice
“Of course not, you young fool. She is my daughter, but I’m
not blind—anyone can see how she looks at you. But you must see her,
understand her, if you want to make her happy—and it may not be easy. She’s not
an easy woman, Belle, even if she might seem that way,” Maurice said.
“Go on,” Adam said. He had not yet learned enough humility
to ask for the guidance he needed but if it was being offered, as Maurice was
“She read all the time because as odd as it was, the
villagers could understand it. There have been women who loved God’s word
before and this is France, we have had our troubadours, our lays, our Heloise
to Abelard. They could not understand a woman who was an engineer, who could
rebuild their crumbling bridge, their windmills, re-design a city to resist the
plague. To be fair, I’m not sure where she might go that the people would know
what to make of her. But you, you have been several selves already, have been
transformed and taught, however bluntly, by Madame Agathe, to see within and to
accept. You might be the making of her,” Maurice said, pausing. “And I should like
to see it. Her mother was much the same and I only painted her. Don’t do that.”
“I haven’t the skill or the inclination,” Adam replied,
considering what a lovely model Belle would make, except that the static
representation could never capture her essential quality of action, her mind,
her eye, her hand all vital and primed to observe and change what was around
“Devote your talents to other endeavors, then. Buy her more
books, yes, but also a surveyor’s kit, some broken clocks, a quantity of charcoal
and paper, and if there is an opportunity for you to consult an architect,
invite the man to dinner,” Maurice said. “You’re lucky,” he added. “You may
invite whatever guests will please her and not worry that she will prepare the
meal. She has many gifts, but cooking bores her. The kitchen doesn’t take such
“No, I gather from Mrs. Potts it does not. Have you any
other wisdom to impart?” Adam answered.
“Nothing you cannot divine for yourself. You are intelligent
enough, even if you are not her equal. Don’t let her know it and don’t forget
it. Now, what vintage will we share tonight? A Burgundy? I thought I smelled
Shout out to Agathe (the Enchantress) who did not went mad at Gaston after he discredited and humiliated her during Maurice’s claim of Gaston’s attempted murder. Mind you that was already the second time in the film where Gaston insulted her, first one when she was begging in the streets, you can even tell that she heard him.
But she proceeded to curse a rude Prince who didn’t find her beautiful, even after his apology. Heck she even curse the entire palace staff because they did not interfere to the King’s way of raising the Prince.
Anyway, after watching Beauty and the Beast for the second time, I just realized that they still did not mention the Beast’s real name, which I think would’ve made the relationship between him and Belle more powerful.
Just wanted to pop in and say I'm loving your 'she’s never out of sight' shorts and I look forward to seeing more if you plan to write more! :)
She’s never out of sight, Part X
“You should let me use the liniment,” Belle said. “I know
you don’t like how it smells, but it always helps.”
“Mrrwhow,” Adam growled, muffled by the pillow. The room was
gloomy, the windows full of the rain outdoors, the shadows ascendant. It was
the kind of day when his injuries bothered him and he snarled when she
suggested they forgo their ancient Greek lesson.
“It’s the rain, Adam. I can’t think why Agathe did not
repair the wound when she healed you but I wasn’t in a position to ask her,”
Belle said, stroking his hair, resting her hand against his shoulder where she
knew he ached the most.
“Hurts,” he muttered and she leaned over the murmur in his
“I know, I know—let me help you, let me make it better, mon coeur. I’ll read to you if you like
and you can sleep,” she said, dropping a soft kiss at the angle of his jaw.
“Only if you agree to take a bath with me later, to rid us
both of the horrid scent of the balm,” he said.
“Of course. I’ll scrub your back,” she offered and he
laughed, a warm, dirty laugh she’d learned the import of.