Act Three, Chapter Two: 40

19th Jun 11:57 PM, 2017 in Act Three: Chapter Two
Act Three, Chapter Two: 40
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MsMegan 19th Jun 11:57 PM, 2017
Sometimes one of you might like to watch wrestling. Sometimes one of you might be a species of waterfowl. Marriage is about compromises, guys.


Mar-ee 20th Jun 12:07 AM, 2017
But obviously you thought something....
Brooke 20th Jun 12:29 AM, 2017
With Beauty's dreams from long ago in the story and what her father is revealing now, her mother reminds me of the Swan Maiden tale.
Cat 20th Jun 5:47 AM, 2017
It's fairytale, of course she's the Swan Maiden from the story. It's not very well hidden...
Raven 20th Jun 4:38 PM, 2017
"Of course" isn't always going to be obvious to everyone. Perhaps you don't realize it, but these sorts of comments come across as very rude sometimes. Please try to be mindful of that.
Cat 21st Jun 5:05 AM, 2017
I don't mean offense, but with some things, it is obvious and it makes me wonder how the ones who don't realize it didn't see it.

Here, we have Momma who was already repeatedly shown in a swan-like gown. And these last few pages, well, Dad is just being very heavy-handed with the "fly away" comment and other imagery.

It's like going through Final Fantasy X and then actually being shocked when it turns out that Yuna is supposed to die at the end of her journey. Like... have you been stuffing your fingers into your ears and closing your eyes the entire game? They drop heavy hints of it from the very beginning.
zebra 21st Jun 11:12 AM, 2017
I've never heard of the Swan Maiden tale - so what does that make me in your estimation?
Fluffy 21st Jun 11:28 AM, 2017
Let everyone read and digest this stuff at their own pace, please.

Also like zebra said, not everyone knows about the Swan Maiden Tale. Out of the four years I have been reading this comic, a good portion of it I just assumed Beauty's mom was either a figment of imagination for Beauty (in some of her dreams) or an enchantress.
Dras 21st Jun 6:36 PM, 2017
Everyone does everything at their own pace, including realizing things. Sometimes some things are more obvious than others to some, and very obscure to others. You cannot judge others through your own experiences and lens, as you can clearly see that not everyone has heard that story (I am one of them), so you should not expect everyone to know everything you do.
Sara 22nd Jun 5:35 AM, 2017
From what I can find after a quick search, this doesn't fit the traditional swan maiden story, but rather seems to be loosely based on animal spouse tales in general. For example, in the usual swan maiden tales, the man steals the woman's feathers/skin so she cannot transform back into a swan and forces her to marry him. From what we've seen thus far, it appears that, at least to begin with, he has no idea she is a swan maiden and didn't steal her skin. So, either he found out somehow or asked her and she left (similar to the Crane Wife), or someone else has stolen her skin. I'm basing this on the Wikipedia for Swan Maidens if anyone's interested in checking it out themselves.
The Doodler 20th Jun 12:38 AM, 2017
The Doodler
I'm starting to really like this guy.
Alexandra 20th Jun 2:55 AM, 2017
I think she was sad, seeing her people leaving for winter and she always stayed behind. I think the Dad found out what she truly was.
Kawaii overload!!! 20th Jun 7:35 AM, 2017
This actually makes me wonder how she birthed their daughters. Did she lay eggs with each one containing a daughter like Leto did for Zeus's children: Pollux and Helen, or did she give birth to them like a human woman would.
Kirala 20th Jun 9:13 AM, 2017
I feel reasonably confident that eggs would have caused comment. I can't recall any mention of swan maidens laying eggs in folklore, either. (Though I also can't recall any mention of live birth, so I suppose canon is silent.)
Stack Rat 20th Jun 8:40 AM, 2017
Swans? Not likely. A duck is more like it.
MK_Wizard 20th Jun 10:05 AM, 2017
Now THAT takes love. You do not marry to be happy. You marry while being aware that there will be unhappy moments, unpleasanteries and imperfections, but you love each other anyway.
Guest 20th Jun 6:04 PM, 2017
Beauty should clap back and be like, 'well, dad, if mom had magical elements... then my beast/prince/guy isn't far off from your romance'.
Fluffy 20th Jun 6:09 PM, 2017
Ms Megan once again rocking that chiaroscuro.
Bill 20th Jun 8:14 PM, 2017
Hi Megan - are you still doing commissions?
MsMegan 20th Jun 8:20 PM, 2017
Hi Bill! You bet! You can check my website, The Quietly for commission info and contact forms!
Colormist 21st Jun 10:40 AM, 2017
Oh man, I found out my husband liked pro wrestling about five years into our marriage. I have never looked at him the same since. Sadly, he will not agree to take me to a match.
AbigailBrooks 20th Aug 8:07 PM, 2017
Ooooooh. That's so interesting that he guessed that she was a swan maiden, but never felt the need to press the issue and confirm that. I thought that he wasn't in the know, but that makes their relationship that much stronger and more intimate.
Michael 12th Oct 5:51 PM, 2017
There is so many mythical characters in the world. In scandinavia there is one beautiful looking woman, but hollow when you get the chance to see her back. She wants to marry a young man. When they get married she devours him to fill that hollowness. When he refuses, she will devour him right away. So, as soon as her eyes fall on a man she likes, he is doomed. Always had strong women, the scandinavians.