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Was the Duchess’ letter real?

One of the most controversial documents in Lemony Snicket’s un-Authorized Autobiography is a letter he receives from his good friend R., the Duchess of Winnipeg. This happens right as he’s investigating the events of “The Ersatz Elevator”:

This letter reached me at Veblen Hall, where I am waiting to interview some of the caterers about who exactly was driving the car that terrible day. […] These photographs could have been stolen from her mansion the night of the party, or could have been manufactured somehow - perhaps by the advanced computer ar Prufrock Preparatory School.
[Lemony Snicket’s un-Authorized Autobiography, p.30]

The letter is shock-full of inconsistencies and plot-holes, to the point Lemony immediately starts to fear the worst. Is somebody impersonating the Duchess? Where is the real Duchess now and what happened to her?

We’ll end this nerve-wracking anxiety after the cut.

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Other things that are baffling me about Heavy Rain so far:

  • I’m still unclear as to why Jason was immediately killed in the accident, when Ethan was in the process of trying to push him out of the way and – based on their body positions at the time of impact – Ethan’s the one who would’ve taken the brunt of it???
  • I mean, I’m only an ER nurse, what do I know about traumatic injury or anything
  • why do they keep talking about an “abandoned wasteland”?
  • it’s a shitty section of train tracks in an obviously occupied industrial district? so it’s neither abandoned NOR a wasteland?
  • like no wonder the cops haven’t caught the guy THEY DON’T EVEN KNOW HALF OF WHAT’S GOING ON APPARENTLY
  • I know that if *I* was worried about having a psychotic break of some sort, I’d want my therapist’s office to look like it doubles as a rave location and boast the word EGO on the wall in giant stenciled letters
  • chickens?????
  • live chickens??????
  • IN A SUPERMARKET??????????
  • ???? ????????? ???
  • for a city that’s so obviously coded as “industrial,” there sure are a lot of techno nightclubs with lasers and shit around
  • no wait I’m still stuck on the chicken thing what the fuck what the fuck
  • so Ethan hasn’t unfolded ALL of the origami thingummies because…?
  • I mean, the killer GAVE ALL OF THEM TO HIM
  • it’d be one thing if the killer gave him a new one at each location, but…nope, just all of ‘em in a box all at once, no real reason why he can’t just unfold all of them and try to get ahead of the killer somehow
  • why are all of the children so creepy. why do they all act like they’re five. have the game devs ever met an actual child at any point in their lives before
  • correct me if I’m wrong, but I’m pretty sure you need some actual evidence beyond “this guy’s psychologically fucked up” before you can arrest him for being a serial killer. at least INVESTIGATE a bit first, christ almighty
  • those fucking chickens, man. I’m never getting over that

so does anybody here have experience with amazon wish lists?? a follower on one of my blogs suggested that i set one up and i’m sort of at a point where i’m considering it, but i’m also worried about protecting my personal information. from what i’m gathering by way of my cruddy reading skills, amazon itself definitely hides my address, but sellers might share my address with buyers in things like confirmation e-mails?? which would kind of defeat the purpose. is that actually true?? or do they only share Part of my address. like, my city and state or zip code. because i could tolerate that, but anything more would make me super anxious.