OKOKOKOK LISTEN UP EVERYONE THIS IS HUGE!
This is the painting in the funeral home that made Alison upset. It’s called “Isle of the Dead” and it’s by Swiss artist Arnold Bocklin. I have no idea what the significance of this painting is… I mean, how did Alison recognize it and why did it make her feel so bad (she even left the room because it made her so upset…*edit: some blogs are pointing out that this painting was seen previously at the Fitzgerald art show that Ezra took Aria to, so it could be that Ali recognizes it from something to do with Ezra or maybe it’s A’s way of sending her a message….anyway, what I’m looking at is what the writers are trying to tell us as a clue outside of the show about the show)… THEN I FOUND IT ON WIKI.
The only thing on Wikipedia that connects this painting to PLL is this Vladimir Nabokov bit:
"Prints of the work were very popular in central Europe in the early 20th century—Vladimir Nabokov observed in his novel “Despair” that they were to be “found in every Berlin home.”“
Vladimir Nabokov is the author of Ali’s favorite book “Lolita” and he’s the one who used the anagram “Vivian Darkbloom” - it’s actually an anagram of his own name. We know he and his works have significance in PLL so let’s take a look at the plot of “Despair”, his other book which this painting from 5X03 leads us to:
"The narrator and protagonist of the story, Hermann Karlovich, a Russian emigre businessman, meets a tramp in the city of Prague, whom he believes to be his doppelgänger. Even though Felix, the supposed doppelgänger, is seemingly unaware of their resemblance, Hermann insists that their likeness is most striking. After some time, Hermann shares with Felix a plan for both of them to profit off their shared likeness by having Felix briefly pretend to be Hermann. But after Felix is disguised as Hermann, Hermann kills Felix in order to collect the insurance money on Hermann on March 9. Hermann considers the presumably perfect murder plot to be an artistical expression rather than a scheme to gain money. But as it turns out, there is no resemblance whatsoever between the two men, the murder is not ‘perfect’, and the murderer is about to be captured by the police in a small hotel in France, where he is hiding. Hermann who is writing the narrative switches to a diary mode at the very end just before his captivity, the last entry is on April 1.”
DID YOU JUST READ THAT???
IS THIS WHAT PLL IS BASED ON???
I’m gonna share this everywhere I can because I think it’s really big and I’d like to figure out together who on PLL are the equivalents to the characters in Nabokov’s “Despair”… (so far I’m thinking Cece and Ali as dopplegangers, and since Cece is the person hiding out in France now, like Hermann from the book did, then Cece would be Hermann and she reached out to Alison the way Hermann did to Felix… Meaning Cece is the person who tried to kill Alison, Mrs. D was trying to protect her [also gave her clothes and everything… maybe she had something on Mrs. D or maybe they’re related…] and Cece was in Rosewood the night that Mrs. D was killed, she was arrested but we all know she broke free… maybe she killed Mrs. D and only then came to New York to lie to Alison in her face and get the heck out of America and hide out in France as VIVIAN FUCK*NG DARKBLOOM which is a clear clue that this ‘Despair’ story has a lot to do with the Ali/Cece story! *edit: wrote about this more here: X)
Please credit if you use this, THNX :)