A Wrinkle in Time

Why is the name aunt beast a good one for this alien creature?

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Although Aunt Beast is all bug alien looking, she communicates (through thought) very gentle messages,

"While Meg thought, the beast murmured to her gently. "No, mother is a special, a one-name; and a father you have here. Not just friend, nor teacher, nor brother, nor sister. What is acquaintance? What a funny, hard word. Aunt. Maybe. Yes, perhaps that will do. And you think of such odd words about me. Thing, and monster! Monster, what a horrid sort of word. I really do not think I am a monster. Beast. That will do. Aunt Beast."

The creature, although looking like a beast, has the personality of a kind aunt.