“No, dear Beast,” said Beauty, “you must not die. Live to be my husband. From this moment I give you my hand and swear to be none but yours…The grief I now feel convinces me that I cannot live without you.” Beauty and the Beast, Madam Prince de Beaumont 1756
If you look closely at this picture, you will see that the book Belle’s Mother is holding is titled La Belle au Bois Dormant, or in its English title Sleeping Beauty. On the back of the book is the crown of Princess Aurora, or Sleeping Beauty. This is the book Belle is most likely referencing when she is talking to the bookshop seller. Far off places, a fairytale kingdom; daring sword fights, Prince Philip and Maleficent; magic spells, the fairies’ and Maleficent’s magic; and a prince in disguise, Prince Philip is dressed as a peasant when he meets Briar Rose. Everything fits!
I imagine Belle was so happy to befriend the beloved princess in her favorite story!
here’s where she meets prince charming
but she won’t discover that it’s him ‘till chapter 3
THIS IS NOW MY HEADCANON
This is beautiful.
I also love how we have a canon of what Belle’s mother looks like.