Elle Fanning is so classy and pretty! Well, as an ode to her for playing Sleeping Beauty so beautifully and innocently in Disney's Maleficent, I am imagining her as that girl from the inn whom the Crown Prince asked to punish Beauty.
This little episode off a commoner, a villager being allowed to punish Beauty is a wonderful foreshadowing of the second book Beauty's Punishment. But I have no way of telling you if Anne had planned a second book, or that it would be a quartet, when she penned Claiming. Did she pre-plan it? Did she just follow this nudging from her subconscious to include this episode? At any rate, it's a brilliant stroke of genius.
Of course my Captain of the Guard is the hunky David Beckham. I have a thing for football players.