among all this meta I’d like to bring up an inconsistency that always bothered me: how much did McGucket know about Ford and his connection to Bill? in the flashbacks in TLM, it seems that young Fiddleford did know about Ford and Bill, as we have this very telling shot:
but in Journal 3, it seems that Ford never admitted to Fiddleford that Bill was the source of all his ideas:
“I internally debated whether I should tell him about my Muse. F is a very superstitious man…Although I have always wanted to tell someone about my divine experiences, I worry that he might think I’ve gone mad all these years in seclusion, or worse–that I’m tangled in some kind of unsavory black magic. No matter…some secrets are best kept that way.”
Later, just before they test the portal, the topic is brought up again:
“Again, he questioned me about where I got the idea for this portal, and I considered telling him the truth…until he showed me something that shocked me.”
McGucket then offers the research paper for Ford to publish, Ford refuses, and the next day they test the portal. Fiddleford finds out about Bill the hard way and quits the project.
and so it seems that Ford never admitted the connection exactly, despite Fiddleford’s suspicions that something was up. if this is the case as written in journal 3, then how could the scene in TLM have happened?
I wonder this, too, because in that same episode it’s shown not only that Ford collected so many Bill-related artifacts, but that he kept them in the second level basement study:
which he presumably shared with Fiddleford while working on the portal—that’s what we see in the flashback, at least. it would make sense, then, that McGucket would’ve known all about Bill and Ford as we see in TLM.
but if we stick to what’s established in Journal 3, where Ford never admitted to McGucket his connection to Bill, then where do all those tapestries and prisms end up?
maybe the attic room wasn’t always used as storage.