If he could learn to love another, and earn her love in return by the time the last petal fell, then the spell would be broken. If not, he would be doomed to remain a beast for all time. As the years passed, he fell into despair and lost all hope. For who could ever learn to love a beast?
"He wanted you to be free. He wanted me to be free too."
"Neither of us are really free."
He wants to be with you, us.
He wants us to be his home.