"they were as good-hearted as they were beautiful, and their kindness was sincerely meant"

McKinley does away with the wicked sister motif found in the traditional tale, where Beauty's sisters are generally depicted as envious, spoiled, and always eager to deride their kind-hearted sister. Beauty's mean-spirited sisters serve as a foil to reflect her selflessness and goodness. Grace and Hope inadvertently serve a similar role, their beauty and grace reminding Beauty of her own awkwardness.