The return to hypothesis JS. Kit attitude analysis. Nov 12, 2019 14:07:35 GMT -5 via mobile
Post by Jean Lúcio on Nov 12, 2019 14:07:35 GMT -5
"Since Kit had no idea who JS was, why did she and Quigley send a message to the Submarine Q with a copy to JS, using codes that only VFD members could decipher?"
In TPP chapter 2, Kit stated that she was with Quigley when they sent the message, with a copy to JS for Submarine Q. Then she hinted that she did not know who had assumed the JS identity.
How to resolve this apparent contradiction?
The first idea that comes to mind is that Kit was trying to fool the Baudelaires. She'd be secretly working with JS, and she had no way of knowing that Violet, Klaus, and Sunny read the message on the Q submarine. But that doesn't seem to make sense, because Kit doesn't seem to have reason to work with JS.
But the other alternative seems to be more interesting and seems to make more sense. In this alternative, Kit spoke the truth to the Baudelaires. As such, Kit and Quigley didn't really know who had assumed the identity of JS, but they still knew he was a trained member of VFD, since they sent a message using very specific code. Kit and Quigley wanted to pass a message to JS: "A person in a cab will pick up the Baudelaires from the beach." But why give someone a specific message if you don't know who that person is? This question shows that this reasoning, though interesting, is not complete.
Well, there is a third alternative. Which is the alternative I like the most. The alternative is that Kit really knew who JS was. In this case, Kit misled the Baudelaires by implying that she didn't know who JS was. That's because the truth about JS was too harsh for the Baudelaires. That's the reason. Secondly, Kit and Quigley weren't working alongside JS, and yet they really wanted to give JS a specific message: "The Baudelaires will be at Hotel D." They knew that JS had the necessary books to decode the secret message and that JS knew how to decode. This indicates that Kit and Quigley knew who had actually assumed the identity of JS. And if they weren't working together, Kit and Quigley wanted to thwart JS's plan. The message in would be a way to thwart this plan.
The following events indicate that the message actually reached JS and soon JS took action. First of all JS sent Mr Poe to try to take the Baudelaires. Secondly JS contacted Charles to convince him to save the Baudelaires from the upcoming events at Hotel D. That is, there are two recorded events that indicate that the message from Quigley and Kit had an effect on JS. The effect was to summon a person related to VFD (Charles and Poe) but not members of VFD. However, they were people who showed benevolent behavior with the Baudelaires.
This conclusion seems to exclude the possibility that the person who sent Poe to the beach was someone other than JS. What Daniel Handler wanted to show twice was that JS received the message of the Baudelaires arriving on a submarine, and acted by sending people to protect the Baudelaires.
I even thought about the possibility that Kit and Quigley sent the message before Kit was informed of Jacques's death. However, Quigley knew that Jacques had died, as Violet talked about it with Quigley in chapter 11 of TSS. If Kit and Quigley sent the message together, as Kit claims to have done, it indicates that Quigley did not send the message believing a copy would go to Jacques Snicket. Kit and Quigley sent a copy of the message to JS with a purpose and with one person in mind.
And after looking into it, I can say that I believe this person is Beatrice, who was pretending to be Jacques Snicket after Jacques's death. I know there are other characters with the initials JS, but none of them sent Mr. Poe or Charles to fetch the Baudelaires. Kit and Quigley didn't send the message to one of the characters whose initials start with JS, because there would be no need for Kit to lie about it. Kit and Quigley were not working together with JS. The scenario in which JS is Beatrice, and Beatrice has a secret plan to use the sugar bowl to destroy all enemies at once, seems to be the closest thing from my point of view. A scenario in which Gregor's plan to kill enemies is to be put into practice does not seem to escape the theme of the TGG and TPP books. People going unnoticed after a presumed death is also a recurring theme in ASOUE. Kit coming to interfere with a mass murder plan is also a subject we read about in TGG. Beatrice's secret plan also explains why she didn't go looking for her own children: she had a bigger cause.