In the original Beauty and the Beast, there was no real character growth on Beast's part.
Rather than being a angry loner who learns love and patience, he is actually a gentleman from the very beginning.
Beauty is also very passive throughout the story, and doesn't have the same yearnings and interests that Belle does.
There is no Gaston. The only characters that might qualify as villains are Beauty's spoiled sisters. While Beauty is enjoying her time at Beast's castle, she asks him to let her visit her family, which he lets her do. Her sisters make her stay a bit longer than she planned to, and when she returns, she finds the Beast lying on the floor, dying from loneliness. Then she tells him she loves him, and he turns handsome, and they marry like in the Disney version.
I guess the original story promotes the whole "don't judge a book by its cover" message, but as a magical fairytale it's laughably dull.