My sister and I have a headcanon that Jane is Belle and the Beast’s grandaughter.
and I think this further proves our point…
Which would explain why she understand Tarzan, he sort of reminds me of Beast in attitude…. he is sort of a Beast… hmmm. I like your headcanon.
I agree. Professor Porter said that she got her wild stories from her mother. Belle had wild stories, which turned out to be true, just like Jane’s story about Tarzan was true.
Ooh, ooh, can I tell my story? Which can be linked up to yours?
A lot of people have pointed out that the setting for Beauty and the Beast looks awfully close to the French Revolution, which makes it not the most secure place and time to be a prince. Belle and her husband (he officially has no name, although the writers have jokingly suggested Tyrone) manage to make it out of France to England with the help of their loyal servants (they weren’t able to stay together, as the couple can’t afford to pay wages any more), and after staying a while with Cogsworth’s sister Mabel in Bath they manage to rent a room of their own with Belle’s earnings from giving private lessons in French to the daughters of the posh.
Poor Beast can’t do anything to help. He’s not educated like his wife, and still finds it difficult to read and write. Belle knew some English already and quickly became fluent with daily practice, but he can’t understand most of the people he meets and is frustrated by his own halting attempts to form basic sentences a child could speak. He feels stupid, and he feels ashamed of himself for not helping to support his family - which will increase by one baby in a few months, so Belle won’t be able to teach for a while, and what will they live on then? He’s sinking deeper into depression and anger, and fighting every day to control his temper and not take out his resentment of the situation on Belle.
All he can think of to get together some savings for the future is to sell off the few valuables they were able to bring with them from France - a gilded candelabrum, a carriage clock, and finally a porcelain tea-set. With this last, he leaves the pawnshop in a furious mood. He struggled to make himself understood, the pawnbroker seemed to be saying the set was almost worthless because it had one chipped cup, and he’s sure he was cheated with this pitifully poor sum in his pocket. But it’s all he can do.
As he’s slouching along the street, he’s shaken out of his cloud of gloom by a disturbance up ahead. Cries of fright, people running and hiding, snarls and growls. Unlike everyone else, he runs towards the sounds. A huge bear has escaped from a private menagerie - it’s injured, a piece of broken glass in its paw-pad, made savage by pain and confusion. He knows exactly, exactly how it feels.
Which is how he manages to gently approach it, calm it, remove the shard of glass and bind its paw with his handkerchief. The animal sighs in relief and leans heavily against him. He wraps his arms around its neck and buries his face in its rough fur, soothed for a while by this fellow-feeling.
The owner of the menagerie approaches, awed. He’s never seen anyone handle this bear like that - it’s always been a savage brute. Would the Beast like to come and work for him as a keeper? He can offer a good salary and the use of a sturdy, pleasant little cottage on the grounds of his estate.
And that’s how things start to turn around.
It’s also how, with an advance on his first week’s pay, the Beast buys back the precious tea-set, and it stays in the family from then on.
1. This is wonderful and I love it (and goes nicely with my belief that Belle’s adventures only just begin with the movie and continue through her life - the Beast is just the impetus she needs to get going, and the person who supports her along the way)
2. It’s apocryphal and official Disney people never confirm it, but it’s virally accepted throughout Disney fandom (which is SORELY contentious and full of some of the meanest people I’ve ever known; iiiiirooonyyyy - but that makes it pretty compelling in terms of considerations for ‘canon’ folklore) that the beast’s name is Adam. But of course Belle calls him Beast all the time and he probably responds better to that in a crowd so it’s not that big a deal.