It will be so disappointing if SPF end up not meaning anything. Just some random way of saying Sir Proud Fop, or skinned proud fop. And what the heck does he mean by "Everyone gets skinned'??
I feel your frustration. Just one of many weird phrases that may or may not mean anything. Like "Full-tailed four-legged ship" or "Adam out of Eden"(!?)
Someone once mentioned there is a Sweet Pea Farm on MDI, but I question the use of the name of a local business except as an inside 'joke' or a nod to a friend. Not anything to do with the solution to the riddle. Also, something one would have to research to discover. Not exactly information found in the book.
I did find that SPF means Specific Pathogen-Free mice in the context of mouse research. Jackson Labs has a large facility on MDI. It is a biomedical research organization that works on disease, pathogens & genetics using specially-bred mice. I read about these 'SPF' mice on the Jackson Labs website. But this reference seems even more unlikely than Sweet Pea Farms.
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Personally, I'm not convinced it does says SPF. If you look really, really closely, the bottom of the F is at the fold of the flag which could obscure part of the letter. It could just as easily be SPE.
I think that this page represents John Jacob Astor the IV. One of four and definitely last in line, his great grandfather was a fur trader. Astor the IV was also the member of an artillery unit(canon under table). Interestingly, he had a home in Bar Harbor called "Tudor Mansion", and on the property is a professional croquet green, the mansion is on the market for 3.9 million if anyone is interested. Another fun fact, he perished on the Titanic when it sank and is buried at Trinity Cemetery in New York. The only problem, I believe one of his son's, born after his death, has his name which would make him Astor the V.??
Although in the past I considered John Jacob Astor the IV, I now believe this is supposed to be John D. Rockefeller (1839-1937). Some of my reasons are as follows:
1. The drawing looks like some of the photographs I have seen on Google during his later years. 2. Religion had always been a guiding force in his life since he was a child. We see a lot of words and phrases in the story that would indicate religion was a part of his life. 3. JDF developed alopecia (loss of all body hair) during the 1890’s. This would account for the bald head and no mustache. 4. Celestia was his wife. 5. He never drank alcohol in his entire life; he was a teetotaler (tea-totaler). Lots of tea here. 6. Forbes magazine had an article written in 2010, stating that he had ‘saved the whales’. They went on to say that he was “a man whose picture should be on the wall of every Greenpeace office.” Notice the green peas on his shirt and the whales on his pajama bottoms. 7. His son, JDR, Jr. owned a home in Seal Harbor. 8. JDR, Jr. purchased and donated land to build 45 miles of carriage roads, 17 stone bridges and 2 carriage houses for ANP. 9. JDR, Jr. also donated over 11,000 acres of land to the park
It only makes sense that a Rockefeller should get a little attention in a book that takes place in a land where he had such a significant hand in forming it into what it is today.
I love it. You are absolutely correct. It leads me to believe that this page is a red herring. From what I can see there is nothing on this page that can lead us to anything definitive in regards to a solution.
There really is a lot more of interest on that page, but as I have no idea if that is all it is, or if they will indeed be important. I hope that comes to light as I try to paste all these clues together. Actually, this has been my favorite page to work on in the book so I may be eating a lot of herring!