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    • paulddraper

      (1) “Prince” DOES NOT literally mean “son of the king” (or at least not originally). In medieval times, it meant lesser nobility, i.e. between a king and lord. In Germany there were hundreds of princes, each over a province.
      (2) The prince was not 11 when he was cursed. That the rose would bloom until he was 21 does not necessarily mean it would lose all of its petals at that very same moment. Often (though this defintion is loose), a flower must be in good health (i.e. *not* withering or losing petals) to be consider blooming. The flower had stopped blooming and had been losing petals (very slowly…it’s magic) for a long time.
      (3) Belle opened the door because, no matter how replusive Gaston was, she still wanted to be polite and gracious. In fact, if she *wasn’t* like that, she could have never fallen in love with the Beast.
      (4) First, nothing says everyone had to keep some sort of “face” when they were transformed. Second, the candelabra and clock hid their faces when Bell first saw them. Perhaps the dishes still had their faces hidden. Admittedly, I skipped the class on kitchenware anatomy.
      (5) The prince was not 11 when he was cursed. He was and adult (see #2). Of course, magic spells prevent aging, so the prince looked the same even after 10 years.
      (6) The prince would be a Beast forever once the last petal fell. Any disturbance to the flower would make that happen sooner. (Duh.) FYI, that’s also why it was carefully covered.
      (7) Notice the Beast is on a hill. Digging out a bit of snow, getting the cooperation of Phillipe, and using a little something called gravity, it’s conceivable that Belle could get the Beast on her horse’s back.
      (8) Transformation spells prevent aging (see #5). Chip was a child (and still was) for ten years. And mentally, teacup brains don’t develop as fast a human ones. They don’t have all of the chemicals necessary to bring about what we call maturity. In face, I once knew a teacup who never developed past the age of eight.
      (9) Fair point (in fact, the best of the twelve). I’ve heard it’s common for people’s logic to not be quite up to scratch when they’re in love.
      (10) Did you see all the dancing dishes and furnishings? I’m sure there was something leftover that would fit. If not, the dishes could all come together and make something (a la Cinderella and birds and singing and such).
      (11) Maybe she didn’t know she was coming back, or she didn’t when she was coming back. Maybe she didn’t want to give him false hope. And even if she though she would, why not make it a great surprise? Or maybe she just expected him to know what she was thinking. It wouldn’t be the first time a women has assumed that.
      (12) How would the villagers know? Suppose the black death wiped out half the village around the same time as the curse. They all figured it had gotten everyone at castle. And the Beast didn’t ever leave…right? Plus, man-eating wolves are a formidable deterrent to Sunday walks in the woods.