thesis on Frederic Dannay: Remi Schulz
Rémi won't mind me saying so but until October 2001
when I received the first of a series of emails from someone who described
himself as "I am Rémi Schulz, Queen addict and French writer" I
hadn't heard of him. Then I searched the net and came up with the
following bits of information:
Spoiler Warning: Some content revealed of The Egyptian Cross Mystery, Halfway House, The Four of Hearts, The Finishing Stroke, The Origin of Evil, The Player on the Other Side, On the Eighth Day and Double, Double.
the Queen-canon there are 'hidden' clues to be found which refer to the
'true' authorship of the novels or to the 'modus operandi' of the two
cousins. To achieve this motif(s) were used...
A small detour before we come to the startling finale. In 1958 the 30th Queen appeared following a 5-year silence. The Finishing Stroke was intended to be the last in the series. It contained several autobiographical elements and a writer, friend of Ellery who hides a twin. These twins are born on January 6. 1905, known as "Epiphany" or "Kings' night". Their father dies on January 11. (Lee's birthday). January 6. forms a Chiasm (6/1 - 1/6) with June 1. which leads to our conclusion that June.1 could be considered as the "Queens' night". Here the twin will reveal the truth on January 1. the 25th wedding anniversary of one of the twins. Until that very moment they shared the same fiancée. Which brings us to this remarkable description: On January 6. a man intends to reveal to his family that his is in fact two persons opposed to the intention of two men who reveal on June 1. they are in fact one..
important clue is given in The Origin of Evil (1952). In this story
we find two jewelers Hill and Priam who set up their business in 1927 in
There is another trick up the sleeve of the Halfway House in 1936... 22 years on we get the book (The Finishing Stroke) on the twins (1 and 2) and the alphabet (A and B). The hidden alphabet is the clue to the riddle in the novel. The original alphabet is a series of pictograms. The first mystery consists of the series of gifts an ox, a house and a camel or according to the ancient alphabet Alef, Beth and Gimel, the origins of AB and C. When we looked up the meaning Gimel we found that 'Gimel carries what is within the House of Bet to what is outside the House'. Gimel comes and goes from and to. That is why Gimel means Camel - the Camel is the carrier, the energy, that comes and goes from one oasis to another in the desert. "Alef" resembles "Half", and "House" is the translation of Beth, and finally "way" sounds remarkable alike the Hebrew "and" resulting in "A and B" or "Alef weBeth". However no such reference is made in the books and both cousins were as much of Jewish origin in 1935 as they were in 1958. Prove of this can be found throughout their work.
Alef, Beth and Gimel... bring us back to Gimball, the bigamist who traveled up and down between A and B (Halfway House). The Gimball name is a variant of Kimball or Kimble, which immediately recalls "Fugitive" memories. Gimball meaning 'originated from twins', in Latin 'gemellus', in origin Indo-european as "gam" or meaning couple which still can be found in the Greek word "gamos" for marriage. Not only did the bigamist Gimball get the perfect name, but also The Finishing Stroke provided the evidence to link the letter Gimel with twins and marriage. If this evidence was indeed etymological correct is only secondary to the point made. Being that Queen himself tells us that it is the same Queen here who came up with the 1936 Gimball/twin bigamist.We haven't even mentioned the father in law, the old Jasper Borden (Halfway House) and hemiplegic: "two bodies united, the one dead the other living".
This certainly wasn't the only time Dannay introduced
themes into the novels. We would go as far as saying that the theme now
betrays the master...
The sole other exact reference to a date in the book is the date on which the Master buys his copy of Mein Kampf: April 8. 1939 a Easter Saturday
In the previous novel The Player on the Other Side Dannay places Ellery against a strange criminal who identifies with the "day of the Jews" and with a certain Nathaniel (Daniel Nathan?), born on 20 April (Hitler!)1924, an Easter Sunday as Ellery clearly indicated.
There are more facts to underline the Dannay influence in e.g. The Four of Hearts. There is a gap of 20 years between Easter Sunday 1924 and 1944 from the Player on the Other Side. Again with On the Eighth Day, being 1964 or 20 years after. If the 20-year period from Triangle d'Or is reduced to one week in the Four of Hearts, the 20 years of hate remain a fact between the families of Royle and Stuart. Grandfather Stuart has as first name Tolland, he originality was being a teetoller or Tee-Totaller
doubles the T of Total). Ellery quickly unmasks the fraud by letting him
drink Ice tea (T). Again we find that sees Tolland resurrection on Sunday
the 17. Tolland Stuart would die on Easter Sunday and ever since 1932 the
letter T personifies crucifixion in the Queen universe. The murderer in the
Egyptian Cross mystery beheaded his victims before he crucify them and
subsequently signed in their blood with a T. An Egyptian Cross (also
Tao cross or Saint Anthony's cross) is the symbol of eternal life or
the Egyptian "Ankh". God's son slain by the evil and resurrected to rule the
kingdom to be... The twentieth Chapter of this book is entitled "Two
The Four of Hearts has not 20 chapters as the two other stories but 23. There is a 23-year gap between 1915 and 1938 and the Easter Sunday of Leblanc and the one in Four of Hearts...These 23 chapters are divided in 4 parts following a 5-6-7-5 structure. Coincidence or not 1915 A.C. corresponds in the Jewish calendar with 5675. Finally Dannay has published his childhood memories under his own name (Daniel Nathan) in The Golden Summer (1953) It tells the story of a summer in 1915 (or 5765) since a Summer is made up out of three months with some good will we could call it a "Triangle d'Or".
based on "Les Queen Maudits"
Rémi Schulz - Kurt Sercu
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