So if Belle isn’t afraid of the beast, there’s no reason for her to develop a coping mechanism to defend herself against him, and since she never developed one, she didn’t end up falling back on it when things went badly. This is what gave her the freedom to make the choice to leave in both cases.
😮 😯 Seriously, you are my hero. Your English teachers must have seriously loved you when you’d give them essays in high school or college.
Again, I read the whole thing 😆 but you broke down perfectly why SS definitely does not fit Belle.
I think this is interesting because the show is very much about parallels and comparisons. I think the way events are unfolding now, Lacey herself is the new beast in the pair. The question is- will Gold be able to walk away as Belle did? I really think that while there is a certain desperation that drew Gold to Lacey, he is soon going to realize that she isn’t the girl for him and that he doesn’t love her. That’s going to be a hard realization, but when it comes- I think he’ll be the one to walk away.
It’s going to be an interesting relationship ahead for them. I’d hate to see Gold walk away from Belle, but that could very well happen if she doesn’t change. He wants to be better for his son, but there’s this conflict to be with Belle regardless of how she’s changed.