I am pledging to find something new (to me) before the end of this weekend. I won't say it will be helpful or even correct, but I'm going to find something!
I will do as well!
Great idea! Here is my contribution -
I don’t know if this is ‘new’ (is anything really new at this point?!), but it's not something I’ve seen discussed.
For a book that is all about color – The Red/Yellow/ Book cipher and the Star Code for starters, the text is strangely devoid of any descriptive colors. The few that are mentioned are used in an unusual context (feel free to add any I’ve missed):
Gold is mentioned on pages 3,9,13, and 38 “…gone weird and Red” on page 18 “…quick and Brown” on page 28 “…towers of Yellow pine…” on page 38 “…a Green wave…” on page 49 and “Old Green Gills” on page 52 “…A Turquoise kingdom…” on page 52 “…in a White mess of water…” on page 54.
‘Weird and Red’ and ‘Quick and Brown’ are odd phrases, but that in itself doesn’t necessarily mean anything because the whole text is made up of odd phrases. ‘…towers of Yellow pines’ stands out because the yellow pine does not grow in Maine – it is a southern tree.
What I do notice about these colors is that they are all the colors of the signs (minus the blue signs and the orange Jordan Pond). Norumbega is a true yellow; the other “yellows” could be called gold. Jonesport is green. Machais and Sieur de Monts Spring are turquoise. Red = YELLOW and White = BOOK. Brown is the color of the post and the back of the signs. It’s possible that Blue = RED means the blue signs are the red herrings. But in the end, there is not a color mentioned in the text that is not part of the Cadillac signpost (unless I missed one).
This doesn’t really explain anything, but I thought I’d throw it out there that the text mentions so few colors and that the few that are mentioned, all describe the signs.
This is a little off topic, but I’ve noticed: The yellow pines that don’t grow in Maine… Neptune is dressed in a robe of tropical fish, and… Neptune tells the goddess that their life together will involve ‘brilliant shoals of angel fish’ which are also tropical and not present in Maine waters.
Both very interesting, Stipareth and goldhunter. The colors in the text are especially worth noting. Thanks for sharing those.
I took some time to focus on the one phrase used twice in the border: Forever Held. I wondered if anything could be worth noting about them? I do like the fact one is North and the other South (as in relation to where they are found in the frame). This I had always felt could hint to the Bubble Mountains....North and South...and the thought they are 'forever held' by Jordan Pond- by their reflection within the lake. But that isn't new. Either is the idea that the key was lost at Jordan Pond because we are told the fairies got in his hair, and then at the end we find he kept the key in there. They most likely just loosened it up, though.
But anyway, I wondered what might be 'Forever Held' between the phrases? Specifically between those words in the border? Still considering... the only thing to mention as of now (and I'll admit not worth much because it's too speculative) is there are 121 words between those two phrases. 121 could be seen to relate to the combination of L and U (L 12th letter, U 21st letter or 121 (sharing the 2)), and it is these letters which are missing on the lobsterman page boat: Aeo XX s. (for Aeolus/ wind). Since 'Forever Held' reflects...and so did these missing letters.. it caused me to pause.. but for not too long. I plan to keep looking.
Thought I would join into the challenge of finding something new whether it’s relevant or not....
On page 5: someone had already mentioned 13 as a significant number on this page...13 keys and 13 knots on the trees....I noticed today that there are 13 columns (of 2 rectangles) in the top and bottom borders. They are also reflections of each other in that the yellow rectangle always stays in the same spot but the red ones flip to orange and vice versa. I tried counting the 13th letter around the border with different starting spots but couldn’t get a word unless I was more creative. Anyhow...maybe a coincidence maybe the 13 really hints to something.
Interestingly, the vertical (side) borders are NOT reflections of each other and do not follow the same pattern. They are perfectly symmetrical with colours remaining in their columns with the exception of 1 column each opposite of each other. The orange rectangle (6th from the top left down, near the hare) is paired with a red rectangle on the other side (beside the OW). I tried to see if maybe we start counting from those letters the 13th but got no where.
I ignored the little corner squares in this thread until now....the bottom 2 are symmetrical like the side borders and the top two folloentheir own pattern: - red becomes yellow - yellow becomes orange - orange becomes red (Or vice versa if you look from the other side)
Ok...one more “new idea” (I think)... Pg 26: If you look at the zodiac words on Zodiose’s jacket... Aries Virgo Leo Gemini Sagittarius (End of Aquarius?, L for Libra?)
If I ignore the ones in brackets that are not 100% and I think of the order of the zodiac calendar (It starts with Aries)...then we get... Aries =1 Virgo = 6 Leo = 5 Gemini = 3 Sagittarius = 9
Now if you sub those numbers into the alphabet, you get...
Aries =1 = A Virgo = 6 = F Leo = 5 = E Gemini = 3 = C Sagittarius = 9 = I
Which could anagram to “I Face”.....is he facing a significant word or something else...we have seen a number-letter substitution on the treasure chest that also gave “face”....again coincidence? Not sure....zodiose does have a “C” on his belt which illuminatnps previously thought might mean clue....
On the old man and woman pages, the "magic" squares are opposites. Corresponding squares add to 19. I'm not sure what to make of it because a couole other elements already link these pages: the older folks, and the roses.
Have you ever noticed that almost every time you walk away from the book and come back refreshed, you always see something you have never seen before? Tonight I just opened my book and it opened to page 15, the Criss Cross page. I have never noticed, until then, that "Cross" is criss-crossed from "Double". DOUBLE-CROSS!
I've been noticing things with color I never saw before too.
For instance, the rocks behind the caddie. I never really thought about them as being different colors before, but if you look at the boulder starting right under the left side of the Owl's Head sign and then going right up until Fandango, they look blue, green, yellow, red, blue, green, red.
Another thought I had: what if the references to cardinal points are meant to associate each direction with a color? For example, 'east' on page 51 is done in green. And if you look really carefully at the compass on page 30, it looks like the N is a brighter red than the SEW.
Also, does it bother anyone else that none of the corner stars have green?