Post by searcher1991 on Dec 17, 2020 9:36:52 GMT -5
I actually thought this was a really fun read. I had never read wonderland so I went back and read some of that book as well just to see if everything in that final chapter matched what happened at court in the first book.
At first I thought something with a unique color on each page would form a message because of the rainbow hint in the beginning but I didn’t get anywhere with this.
Chapters that feel important are the funeral one and then the secret code of trees, but mostly because he threw the phrase secret code in there.
In terms of the important first clue, does anyone think it’s just the first letter of each chapter spelling out hatters hat? That it’s signaling us to use one letter from each chapter to form different phrases? That’s how I started, trying to find things that stood out each chapter like the hats they were wearing or the colors or food items.
Didn’t get anywhere yet but I was wondering if people think the first letters of each page spelling The Hatters Hat are a hint at the method or just a fun little throw in.
I’m a bit nervous because of the way he phrased that tip (“When you discover that important clue, things will begin opening up for you, and you can begin the book’s second adventure – searching for the chest.“) that the big clue is simply “red rocks amphitheater” and it’s just a fenn/secret-esque scavenger hunt from there. Lots of good, subtle drops for that area in the book. (Golden, mile high, blue mountain, hogback, etc etc).
Would vibe with other quote: “if you can find the clues in the book and decipher their significance and meaning, they will ultimately provide you a set of directions, like a map,...."
Crossing my fingers that’s not the extent of this puzzle
Yup... obviously that’s a consideration, but it’s generally wise to keep all options on the table until there’s reason to rule them out. Especially when evidence (as provided) can support multiple possibilities and we have no idea the scope of this puzzle.
Red Rocks as a clue could have the same role as, say, being told the treasure is on Mt Desert Island? Not exactly a home run, so foolish to assume it’s a red herring merely due to overtness and the color red. But that couldn’t be possible... could it?
Last Edit: Dec 20, 2020 23:47:37 GMT -5 by phrabbott
This is so strange I just had to post. We’ve talked about Red Rocks so I was looking at 2021 events. Guess who will be there in September? Alison Wonderland. Coincidence?
That's certainly an eye-catcher.
But I've personally ruled out Red Rock Amphitheatre. The location in the book is a place with gold and brown rocks, not red rocks. It is so much NOT red rocks that the characters have to paint them in a false presentation to the queen.
I noted the several references to Madam Bovary early in the book. While academia celebrates this volume, perhaps with good critical intent, it is nevertheless a boring book for contemporary readers. I have read it, though. The theme of the book is the woes that overtake us when we dream too much about desires and pay little attention to reality. Madam Bovary pretends to be something she is not, searching for adventures that she imagines in her mind, living off money that isn't hers, rubbing elbows with important or well-to-do people simply because her lover also enjoys their company. When that relationship breaks, Madam Bovary suddenly discovers she isn't of the well-to-do crowd, they do not welcome her, they want nothing to do with her. Her world comes crashing down to reality. I'll leave off there in case you want to read it yourself.
Though the plot is different, the theme of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and The Hatter's Hat is the same. The ending varies because it is a young girl's dream and she realizes it as such, rather than get caught up in it and spending her life trying to get back to Wonderland. But this parallel holds with Madam Bovary: What is seen to be the case is, in reality, NOT what it seems.
For this reason, I've looked to the reality behind the imagination throughout the book. I may well be wrong. But I think we are looking for a place with gold and brown rocks, or at least generally considered to have gold and brown rocks, even if it doesn't literally have them. Such as, perhaps, Golden, CO? Not too far from Red Rock Amphitheatre...
So... I’m new to arm chair treasure hunts... still a novice, but I’m intrigued by the difference in pictures and I’m toying around with directional codes... like right and left ... or up and down... anyone else?
Post by NightKnight on Mar 4, 2021 15:08:21 GMT -5
I’m wondering if Jacobsen using the first letter of each chapter to spell out The Hatter’s Hat is a clue that there are other words/ messages to be discovered that way or simply a little nod to Lewis Carrol and nothing more than that