Great 667 Re-Read: Part 12.5-The Beatrice Letters Sept 4, 2009 6:25:41 GMT -5
Post by Dante on Sept 4, 2009 6:25:41 GMT -5
It's as if somebody didn't want you to find it. And that somebody was you.
LS to BB #4:
It occurs to me, with reference back to TCC, that R.’s signature here could, at a stretch, be misread as a K.
Is the letter being mistakenly delivered to R. significant? If anyone is training bats to deliver letters, it should probably be Beatrice, but on the other hand R. probably wouldn’t insult her baticeering skills to her face (or Lemony’s efforts in imitation, at that). Perhaps the practice has been adopted by other volunteers, without much success? But back to my original question. There have been theories before about the possibility that letters are missing from TBL, or that one of the letters we possess was never actually delivered. The latter seems least likely, in my opinion – at some point Lemony evidently received all his letters, and I don’t think there are any problems with the letters being sent to Beatrice. As for the possibility that a letter is missing from TBL – absence of evidence isn’t evidence of absence. TBL works without missing pieces. For that matter, the anagram also works. (Unless it’s the fabled “S” that, combined with LS and the other letters, makes “SNICKET BRAE-LASS”… And I’ll come to why we don’t need to include LS.) But again, back to my original question. I’d say it’s not a problem, because I can’t think what within TBL shows the effects of mistaken delivery. I’d say it’s performing the functions of reminding us of the importance of letters, informing us that bats are being trained, and reinforcing the friendship between Beatrice and R. (Also, is it me or is there tiny writing on the “back” of R.’s note? It could just be decoration, I suppose.)
Question: Who wrote “My Silence Knot”? Given that Lemony invented the anagram, presumably, and given that the play is apparently a cover for evidence-gathering, it must be a volunteer close to L. “Linda Rhaldeen” again, I suggest? I will come to the content of the play later.
Are T. and P. simply Tedia and Paltryville again, or are they volunteers themselves? I think the former; it demonstrates aptly the dual obligations being held here. Also notice that here, unlike later, Lemony seems to bear no grudge against Beatrice’s co-star.
“The world is too quiet without you nearby” – a statement showing that perhaps V.F.D. doesn’t entirely work for Lemony? He’s devoted to his work, but he feels unsatisfied as a person. We know that Lemony agrees with V.F.D.’s aims, but Dewey wasn’t happy with V.F.D.’s smoke and mirrors, and I suggest Lemony isn’t either – it’s interfering with his and Beatrice’s relationship, and he seems to have no qualms about blowing the organisation’s cover in his books.
E. and G. are presumably Eleanora and Geraldine, although E. may be Esmé, considering that Eleanora was referred to without an initial in the previous letter but G. was not. One might wish to suggest this is significant in that only volunteers are referred to with initials… but Geraldine wasn’t ever a volunteer, and Esmé may not have been either. Note that both are referred to with initials in the U.A.’s Building Committee Transcript. Perhaps it’s to do with age, relative importance, whether they’re peers or not, public knowledge of their identity? Eleanora would probably be better-known, say, than Lemony or Geraldine. At this point, anyway.
Calling L. “O” and O. “L” – one is just an inversion of the other, so I don’t think they’re both characters, particularly since I’m not sure I can think of another L. I wonder if it’s in part an allusion to the belief of some fans for some time that Lemony and Olaf were the same person? O.’s “L” pseudonym could be Lucafont… although the corrected THH version still begins with an O.
Is the R. Lemony’s playing cards with the Duchess of Winnipeg? It seems odd that Lemony should be in a position to play cards with her. So is it another R.? Gender isn’t specified.
I wonder if Lemony’s sonnets were lost in the bat-post. Alternatively, they were actually written but got cut in the editing process to give more emphasis to the concluding poem.
BB to LS #4:
“Victoria Day Eve” is presumably the day before Victoria Day; the unusual construction is probably because “Victoria Eve,” unlike Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve, would not be instantly recognisable to the untrained eye. So this letter was written on May twenty-third, unless there’s another Victoria Day besides the Canadian one.
Retrospectively, am in complete agreement that both classroom and tutor are the same one from LS to BB #2. It’s rather poignant that he’s gone from “tedious” to “sad and unaware.”
The poem in question is presumably the one included at the end of the book, which was indeed in a glass case in a library at one point.
Another reference to benches with rings on them left by someone who, for some reason, is drinking water in a park from a glass. If you’ve been polite enough to bring a glass, why don’t you have a coaster?
Doldrum Drive hasn’t been mentioned since TBB, I think.
Lemony’s erratic behaviour is probably because he was attempting to throw Beatrice off, having figured out that she was watching him. “I could hear you wheezing from the climb” – anyone might do so after thirteen flights of stairs, but again, this is a little poignant to me, as it makes one realise that Lemony has grown old.
“Why didn’t you answer? Why won’t you answer any of my questions?” Well, why doesn’t he? I think at this point he has to have figured out not just that Beatrice isn’t a villain, but indeed her actual identity, so why doesn’t he want to meet her? I think the answer I would give to this is that Lemony doesn’t have anything good to tell her. He wants to protect her, at least, from that. It would be painful for him, too. He’s kept secrets before, that he wished us to move on from – the nature of the Great Unknown, for instance.
“The three Baudelaires may be long gone” – it seems as if Beatrice’s journey has taught her what the Baudelaires also learnt at the end of The End. If that’s the case, is it still the same question that she wants him to answer – the question of what happened to the Baudelaires? Well, she has at least twelve questions (which links to the following letter), so probably. But she’s also come to investigate her own history, or rather the history of her history. Which is a lot like us – wondering not just about what happens in and at The End, but what happened before the beginning, too. So this I think backs up my ideas about Beatrice being linked to aSoUE fans.
Oh yeah, the end of this letter makes it fairly obvious that the classroom here is the same one from LS to BB #2. Beatrice can now be said to know about this from reading Lemony’s letters earlier.
It’s also occurred to me how unusual it is that only one of the thirteen letters in the book signs off with “With all due respect.”