"I will return with you."

In McKinley's retelling, Beauty's decision to join the Beast comes of her own free will.

The reason behind Beauty's decision to join the Beast varies with the telling, though Beauty's sense of filial duty generally influences her decision to agree to the terms of the Beast's bargain with her father. In some versions, Beauty's wicked sisters play on her sense of duty to convince her to sacrifice herself in their father's place.