1st Sep 4:00 AM, 2012 in Prologue
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AbigailBrooks 26th Jul 5:47 PM, 2013
So now on to the fun part of me explaining how I read this through the first time. My initial thought was that the "Master" they were talking about here was the man who would become the Beast. I now know that assumption was mistaken, with the heads of the sisters in the last panel verifying that the "Master" here is Beauty's father, who is...absent. I also assumed that the "Mistress" was dead, but looking at the wording again, it's entirely possible she simply disappeared (maybe she's a fae - maybe the sisters are all fae-babies. Excuse my blathering). Beauty is the only one who appears to be dying from the fever, so...yeah, could be that mother dearest just ran off into the night. Anyway, this is back when the family were wealthy. Fun times?
MsMegan 26th Jul 6:17 PM, 2013
This is why I ought to keep quiet and not spoil things!
AbigailBrooks 31st Jul 4:28 PM, 2013
(Laughs.) Well you've been good about the no spoilers so far. Some of us just have very strong theories about what's going on already.
sheshallnotbenameless 19th Aug 9:21 PM, 2013
AbigailBrooks has a great point, about the mother possibly missing.

I love seeing Beauty's sisters in that final panel. I never quite realized it the last time I read this page that it was them. How must they have felt in that moment?

...In fact, I wonder if they ever noticed something that might be useful to tell Beauty later?

(And thus, a massive new headcanon is born! I don't dare share it here, however, for fear of new readers finding references to future chapters.)
MsMegan 19th Aug 10:23 PM, 2013
biting my tongue, trying not to ask! I'm the most interfering author. *shakes head*
RosesnWater 20th Feb 10:03 PM, 2015
Oh My! so the mother ran away, or at least it seems that way to the maids, I wonder if your version is closer to Villeneuve of Beaumont ;D might have explanations for the mother...
REDemptioncomic 13th Jun 3:21 PM, 2017
Wonderful artwork. Like a previous comment said, I would not have expected something that looked like this to start out with a dying child! Our comic begins in a similar shocking way. If you have a chance, check it out!