The “characters” from the supposedly real story of Beauty and the Beast (Catherine and Petrus Gonsalvus) are mysterious.
Here’s a big mystery: Did Catherine actually know she was going to marry Petrus Gonsalvus?
It’s portrayed in the Smithsonian documentary’s “The Real Story of Beauty of Beauty and the Beast,” that she had no idea. I believe, however, that she had an inkling. I’m open to the possibility that perhaps they hadn’t talked to each other, but the chances are high that she knew of the Queen and King’s “experiment” to raise the wolf man as a gentleman. Catherine’s father had been a servant in the royal household and so had access to court gossip.
Do you think my theory of Catherine knowing about her husband-to-be is more probable than Catherine being the clueless bride?
Image taken from Joris Hoefnagel’s Animalia Rationalia et Insecta, Plate I. Public Domain.
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