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Posted by venusEnvy, 2:45pm, 30 Aug, 2005

Keep in mind that Annabelle's plants had been sabotaged with sugar, but she found the packet in the soil in time to save them.

two big clues here

Posted by smjjames, 2:57am, 31 Aug, 2005

The first clue was that she did it just in time for Arabelles eve, but we already knew it was for Arabelles eve, so nothing new there.

the second clue establishes a timeline. chapter 25 is in the evening, when Anabelle has already gone home and Sherrif gets a bad concussion. 27 is right after a night of survelliance. 28-30 are probably throughout the morning and 31 is in the afternoon.

Now alex came to them and told them about the empty grave, I assume that this is like 8 or something in the morning and he was over there at least an hour ago. The fact that Alex was there earlier and hasn't accounted for his whereabouts that night, he is still a suspect. So, the grave definetly had to be dug overnight. Also, we cant give a good alibi for Annabelles whereabouts that night, only her word, and the strange unlocking of memories means that she could have been at the graveyard that night.

The last clue is that the money is coinage that was once from the Circus, now this is a MAJOR clue. Rebecca thought it was common knowledge but apparently it wasn't. However, this brings up a few questions of my own.

Was Arabelle origionally from the Circus or the town? I don't remember if this was established or not. So if she is from the circus, she could be trying to reclaim what would be her heritage so to speak.

Also, anybody know if Anabelle lived to see the end of the circus war? I know it started in 1896, or maybe thats when it ended. If she lived to the end of it, she may have known that the Circus coinage was taken by the town, but it could have been put anywhere in the 100 years since her death.

great chapter here, it closes up some clues, but it brings up a few more.
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Posted by Manar, 3:05am, 31 Aug, 2005

It also raise the question if the money in the bank realy was REAL money. The Circus folk had their own currency too so if it was gathered from them it might have been Circus dollars and not real ones. Noone was able to look it up anyway.
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Posted by smjjames, 3:10am, 31 Aug, 2005

if you mean if the circus money was not 'real' money? you'd make the same argument for the mammons. There have been all kinds of things used for money in the past, so technically theres no 'real' money, just whatever they use for coinage. But I see your point in that we don't know for sure if they were real or circus coinage. Thats also part of the reasoning behind why I asked if we knew if Arabelle was origionally from the circus or not.

Posted by jasonblue, 8:27am, 31 Aug, 2005

Chapter 27 had more info on the circus money. I can't tell you if it's important or not.... I'm as much in the dark as everyone :P

Posted by venusEnvy, 9:11am, 31 Aug, 2005

You're cute when you're playing coy ... ;)

Posted by smjjames, 11:28am, 31 Aug, 2005

yea, we know that they had thier own currency and that Spider cliff wouldn't accept it. It doesnt mean that they wouldn't decide to confiscate it after the war for whatever reasons.

So Manar still has a point, it could be real coinage thats equivalent to dollars or circus coinage for all we know.

Rebecca's reaction to the news of the bank robbery is definetly genuine shock and distraughtness (not the word I'm looking for though....) over it, so she wouldn't have had anything to do with it. In fact, most ppl in the town wouldn't have done it for one reason or another. Sherriff and Crystal certainly aren't the robbers, Turnip couldn't have because he isn't strong enough. Barlow couldn't have because we have been following him through almost every hour so to say. Alex might have, but he would need help, and his mother would have found out somehow. Even though she is as all mothers are, she has enhanced lie detection abilities, and likely would have suspected something. However he was focused on the research. Its possible Eliza would have done it and she has the motive, but she would need help, although I'm not sure if she would have time between her researching the plants. Annabelle hasn't been completely ruled out.

A supernatural cause has not yet been confirmed or ruled out yet though.

Theory confirmed

Posted by LegendaryNAS, 1:30pm, 31 Aug, 2005

Boo-yah! I knew the money had to be related to the Circus Folk somehow!
Someone wanted to give that money back to the circus.

Posted by rubyj, 8:42am, 2 Sep, 2005

Annabelle was from the circus. In Weds. she said she worked developing the film for the circus.

Posted by smjjames, 11:04am, 2 Sep, 2005

I know Annabelle is from the circus, I'm talking about the other lady, Arabelle. There really isn't much info about her youth cause historical accounts only go back to the 1940s, and the only info about her youth is when Annabelle's memories started flooding back. She did say they are good friends but didn't say if Arabelle was origionally from the town or the circus.

Posted by venusEnvy, 11:50am, 2 Sep, 2005

The Sprawling family was murdered in 1910 by Melora, under Alistair's directions. Arabelle appears to have been the sole surviving Sprawling in Spider Cliff, though some apparently had left previously and founded Sprawling-Mossville.
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Posted by jasonblue, 12:18pm, 2 Sep, 2005

Oops, that was a typo on my part. While Arabelle is part of the extended Sprawling family her surname is Cathaway. And it doesn't have any bearing on this story.
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