History Headscratchers / BeautyAndTheBeast

24th Mar '17 11:14:52 AM Aurelian
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* How did Lumiere know that the Beast giving Belle the library would make her so happy? She showed a little interest when he mentioned the castle having its own library (which she promptly used as an excuse to sneak off to the West Wing) but he had no way of knowing about her love of books.
19th Mar '17 10:58:00 AM mrluntishysterical
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* Just WHY did Belle even try to touch the rose? It's pretty obvious that if it was in a glass container, you are not supposed to touch it? Why wouldn't Belle get that?
17th Mar '17 2:22:15 AM AJSthe2nd
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** There's also the fact that if they return the creepy haunted castle with the Beast and living furnature they left will be replaced with a different castle full of people and headed by a Prince. They'd have no proof to go on, and the prince could simply tell them they were crazy and there's obviously no magic silverware or Beast here, and some of them might even believe they actually were crazy and all of that was a hallunication. And as mentioned, he's a nobleman and his entourage and they're a bunch of village peasants. His word trumps theirs by far, and he could basically have them all executed if it tickled his fancy, so they'd have to believe what he told them to if they valued their skins.


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** Why wouldn't Belle know how to dance? She was more intelligent and curious than a typical village girl yes, but she wasn't a tomboy or anything that had dislike for girly things. She wore dresses, enjoyed the romance in her story's is implied to be the one who does the cooking and cleaning at home and probably enjoyed dancing as a girl. Just because she wanted nothing to do with the local meathead didn't mean she had zero interest in any from of romantic things.
14th Feb '17 9:33:01 PM lorgskyegon
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*** Most people are unaware of this facet of history, but in times like these, hospitality was seen not just as a kindness, but as a sacred duty. In cultures all over the world from India to Ancient Greece to early Judaism to Celtic. If you had any extra room, from a stable to a couch to a bedroom, you were expected to put up anyone who came to your door.
14th Feb '17 9:12:49 PM lorgskyegon
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** A ''boulangerie'' is specifically (in modern parlance) a French-style bakery. A bookstore is a bookstore.
14th Feb '17 9:08:25 PM lorgskyegon
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** Belle wasn't exactly an 'intellectual', though she was certainly intelligent. We never saw her employing science, engineering, technology etc. to solve her problems the way her inventor father did. She was interested in adventure in a grander and larger scheme than small town living. So of course she reads. It's her escape route, her view into a larger realm. I never saw her as being so much interested in books for books' sake. Given that, it makes total sense that she's read everything the little provincial library has to offer and that her favorite book is a grand adventure. "Far off places, daring sword fights, magic spells, a prince in disguise!" Though she loved Beast's library, we didn't even see them reading together until the end of the day, after various outdoor activities - it's not like she spent her hours draped over a chair reading like she did at home.

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** Belle wasn't exactly an 'intellectual', though she was certainly intelligent. We never saw her employing science, engineering, technology etc. to solve her problems the way her inventor father did. She was interested in adventure in a grander and larger scheme than small town living. So of course she reads. It's her escape route, her view into a larger realm. I never saw her as being so much interested in books for books' boIt's oks' sake. Given that, it makes total sense that she's read everything the little provincial library has to offer and that her favorite book is a grand adventure. "Far off places, daring sword fights, magic spells, a prince in disguise!" Though she loved Beast's library, we didn't even see them reading together until the end of the day, after various outdoor activities - it's not like she spent her hours draped over a chair reading like she did at home.home.
** Remember also that at the time, books would have been very expensive for a peasant living in a small village in France. Belle probably has only a handful at most. It's surprising that the village can even support a bookshop, especially if the shopkeeper lends books out.
7th Feb '17 3:24:57 PM ngh93
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* I can't believe nobody has asked this, but ''HOW'' does Lumiere NOT burn everything he touches?! His flames make contact with several things but they ''never'' set fire to anything. He constantly doesn't even bother blow out his flame-hands first. What's with that?!
** Lumiere is an enchanted candle. Chances are he can control what he does and doesn't touch without damaging it. Not to mention, I can't specifically recall him touching very many things during the film that would've run the risk of being burned, anyway.
15th Jan '17 2:38:45 AM BB8ForPresident
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** Exploring an ''enchanted palace'' is much more exciting and adventurous than a small, normal village. A lot of people would even say that's more of an adventure than travelling "the great wide somewhere". Plus Belle's dreams weren't just about travelling to new places, she also felt lonely and alienated in the town and wanted connections with like-minded people. ("And for once it might be grand, to have someone understand, I want so much more than they've got planned"). The Beast's castle was filled with more interesting, open-minded, entertaining people than the small-minded villagers. And she probably had more luck finding stimulating, intellectual conversation/fellow bookworms among the higher-ranking palace staff than rural peasants. Although she didn't go far in the film itself, once she married the Beast there's a whole world open to her: Who's to say they didn't travel afterwards? Or what kind of people she might have met?
2nd Nov '16 10:41:29 AM gothelittle
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**** Pocahontas was the daughter of a 'chief of chiefs', the leader of a group of clans. She was basically the American Indian equivalent of Merida. She's been considered in popular culture to be a 'princess' since at least the 1800's.
2nd Nov '16 10:22:53 AM gothelittle
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** Belle wasn't exactly an 'intellectual', though she was certainly intelligent. We never saw her employing science, engineering, technology etc. to solve her problems the way her inventor father did. She was interested in adventure in a grander and larger scheme than small town living. So of course she reads. It's her escape route, her view into a larger realm. I never saw her as being so much interested in books for books' sake. Given that, it makes total sense that she's read everything the little provincial library has to offer and that her favorite book is a grand adventure. "Far off places, daring sword fights, magic spells, a prince in disguise!" Though she loved Beast's library, we didn't even see them reading together until the end of the day, after various outdoor activities - it's not like she spent her hours draped over a chair reading like she did at home.
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