A wonderful play on the MW
theme was the following part of the tetralogy. A
is a quotation from
George Whalley, with a
W!, two centuries
"...the womb also".
I remind you that the novel tells the story
of criminal plan conceived during the first
on December 9. 1966,
that came to
completion 9 months later on
September 9. 1967.
The context of the original citation
relates to the futility of virginity,
which when left to weirdos
can profit from an honest penis:
Thy beauty shall no more be found;
Nor, in thy marble vault, shall sound
My echoing song: then worms shall try
That long-preserved virginity,
And your quaint honour turn to dust,
And into ashes all my lust.
The grave's a fine and private place,
But none, I think, do there embrace.
From Andrew Marvell's To His Coy
In my preceding
column I pronounced the plots of
the tetralogy to be feeble when seen in comparison to the wonderful
recurrences of the more
succesful Queens. But
re-reading the four novels I am more indulgent,
since the whole of the works represent an
where the irregular details all find a meaning in their
proper immediate context.
As an example,
the Wednesdays of the murders in
that do not correspond to the years in
with a W,
day of Odin.(Editorial
remark: Odin AKA Wodan )
The turning point for identical situations in
'Woman' and 'Place',
Monday, with a
M, the day of the moon.
And the murders of the men also took place on the
same day, a Sunday.
Since the autopsy report showed Nino dead after midnight
and not at
9:09 Saturday evening,
he died on Sunday, the
day of the sun, or the Lord (according to what country you live in).
multiple echoes from inside the tetralogy,
or even the last Queen period,
leave the suspicion of a connection to earlier periods. The two first
novels of '63 en '64 are
already linked, suggesting
an even more dazzling complexity.
I'll give you but one example,
which I have known for some time but still cannot interpret.
"a mid February Sunday"
the weapon is discovered in a hatbox,
which leads to the immediate arrest and subsequent
trial of Lorette.
Knowing that December 30 was a Wednesday,
it's easy to establish that this Sunday was February 14.
How better to describe this day than mid-February?
February 14 is Valentine's Day,
and this cannot leave a passionate Queen addict
indifferent, since the Queen
'main course' Calamity Town
is given metre by holidays.
On New Year's Eve 1941
a woman is poisoned,
in the place of Nora so it seems.
On Valentine's Day they discover in a hatbox several
clues which lead to the immediate arrest and trial of the suspect,
the man of Nora, who
die on Easter while giving birth.
I've already noted that the outline of the first
Wrightsville investigation is exactly
copied in the third,
Ten Day's Wonder,
with the inversion of sex: X
on his unfaithful spouse Y by
murdering the rival in
such a way that this murder will be seen as a
failed attempt from Y
I now recognize these to be a foreshadowing of the
inversions of sexes in the tetralogy.
We now need to reference Queenian numerology,
opening even more
In Place, Ellery
notes that Nino,
Tullio, has chosen this new
Christian name for it's resemblance
and because the numerology of the name,
according to the Book of Numbers of Cheiro,
N+I+N+O = 5+1+5+7 = 18, which reduces to
From my own examination of the
Book of Numbers, I've
Lennon also was
and that he shared with Nino
a nine mania (JOHN = 1+7+5+5 = 18...),
to the point that nothing was decided
by him without first performing many numerical
was born William John Warner,
(also the year the Ku-Klux-Klan
one of the books Nino turned over to obtain
9981), and died aged 69
couldn't have listened to The Fab Four's White Album
of '68 including
inspired by Lennon's beliefs,
Dannay could have done so many
times, when he had
enough of If 6 was 9.
to Cheiro's system, MWMW = 4+6+4+6 = 20,
the number I've already interpreted as Dannay's
Nino's murder in September is preceded by that
of his brother
Julio in May,
after which a button marked with the initials MI
was found. This seemed to accuse the other brother, Marco.
according to Cheiro, MI
is also a 4+1 motive. Cheiro
used numbers derived from corresponding Hebraistic
letters, MI or
mem-yod, meaning in
pronoun "who ?".
The principal red herring for the murder of the brothers Importuna
is the mysterious ME,
or 4+5 (as
initials for Daniel Nathan),
(ME), meaning in
Hebrew the pronoun "what?".
Mi and Me, "who?" and
forming an essential couple masculin-feminin in Jewish
has an alibi for the murder of Nino,
he was in
investigating the Julio murder found
that the button-with-the-initials-of-the-murderer
was out of fashion since Conan
Seemingly oblivious to the fact that Ellery
was caught into a trap set by 'The Teacher'.
'The Teacher' had left one of his buttons, marked
with a N, at the crime scene in Quenan. The N being a Holy letter for the
for its value of 50 (relating
the belief of the Essenians
with regards to the letter
(Editorial remark: The Essenes or Essenians
are members of a small Jewish religious order, originating in the 2nd
century B.C. 7 was believed to be the perfect number and 9 rules all life
and electrical energy
significance of the number nine).
In the beginning of 2000 I wrote
of which a copy can be found at the Bilipo (Bibliothéque
des Littératures Policiéres)
in Paris. Since I can't
access more information today,
could confirm my
I refrain from commenting on the three false "real Queens"
since I don't recognize the
hand of Dannay in them.
Cop out apparently was written by Lee.
I've seen a Queenian structure in this hard-boiled
novel (a gangster story in the style of Burnett)
which takes place in one week
and 7 chapters, and I
can remark that the initiales of it's hero Wes Malone
Lee must have known the depths of the complexity
his cousin seemed to enjoy,
and perhaps spoofed them with a WM
in a novel that had nothing intellectual.
If in 2000 I hadn't
discovered the quaternity that I am aware of today,
with the symetrical woman-man themes.
I did remark then as to common themes in the three first parts,
and found all the numerical similarities, such as the
3-9 between the murders of John
in Woman and Nino in Place.
I concluded the booklet with a remarkable
discovery - the relation
that unified the 4 titles,
in the titles of the original version. 77
is also the numerical value of
ELLERY according to the
A=1 until Z=26).
The novels have structures
closely related to each theme,
or in total
20 parts. '20'
is associated to the birth of
Dannay (and to MWMW
according to Cheiro).
One particular novel Face,
has it's parts subdivided into 46 numbered sections.
If we take these subdivisions into account,
splits up in
4-46-3-9 sections, giving a
grand total of
62. In our normal alphabet
77 = ELLERY (and 77 = the total of the
letters in the titles), QUEEN
also results in 17+21+5+5+14 = 62 (and 62 = the total of
sections in the 4 novels).
Footnote 29/10 :
When re-working all considerations of this
piece in my head,
something has struck me as not being a coincidence :
- A Fine
a delirium of nines, was originally published in 1971, a multiple
- It's the 9th "real Queen"
of the final Queen period,
which had produced a hard cover edition each year from 1963
- Dannay and Lee,
himself, were born in
1905, celebrated in 1971 their
which Nino would have reversed into 99.
Perhaps there could have been a real complicity
between the cousins for this last periode.
Perhaps what I call the false "real Queen"
could have been
demarcating the tetralogy which began in
60th Birthday of Dannay
Lee would have had the more immediate privilege to
write the title marking the 40th Birthday since Queen began,
and the collaboration with Dannay
was signed by the initials of the new heroes, WM
If one suspects that the tetralogy was written
with the intention, from the start, to let them end in a deluge of nines in 1971,
it is no longer absurd to calculate the values for each
of the 4 titles according to Cheiro,
The Fourth Side of the Triangle = 112
Face to Face
The Last Woman in his Life
A Fine and Private Place
Which can be divided in
112+ 45 = 157 and
80 + 77 = 157 for each MW part...
This is curious since
314 brings to mind the circle,
the symbol of totality,
already present in Ellery's 4th investigation from
1932, The Greek Coffin Mystery, partially
focussing on coming and goings in Room 314
We better leave it at that.
I noticed I already talked about the WM palindrome
ambigram in 69 in my piece dated 5/10 :
The name Newman, for me, is associated with the
palindrome logo, which
reads identically when turned 180 degrees.
New Man, designed by
Raymond Loewy in
struck me profoundly at the time.
(based on 'Queentessence'
- Dale C.Andrews)