Joshua:  “Daddy? Daddy, what happens next in the story?”
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Gregory:  “You’ll have to wait until tomorrow. Even I don’t know that yet.”
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Joshua:  “Daddy I love your stories. I can’t wait to hear  what  happens next.”
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Gregory:  “Why do you love my stories so?”
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Joshua:  “They’re so scary.”
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Joshua: “And full of surprises.”
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Gregory:  “Ha-ha. Yes, I see. That makes me glad son.”
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Joshua: “Daddy, sing me a song, can you?”
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“Little princess. Little princess. Precious little princess.”
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“The little girl was as beautiful as a princess. But she was always alone.”
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“Little princess. Little princess. Precious little princess.”
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“The little princess, who found stray dog.”
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“Little princess. Little princess. Precious little princess. All alone and with no friends.”
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“Stray dog found the little girl.”
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“The girl who hid in her room.”
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“The girl ran ’round and ’round her house.”
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Here’s a different take on Joshua tormenting Jennifer than that which we see at the beginning of “The Unlucky Clover Field: chapter:

Joshua: “Good morning Jennifer! How do you feel? Here you are, back in your room. Did I mention how well this room suits you? Time will march on, you’ll grow old. 10-20-30 years will pass and each day you will awake in this room. Forever and ever you will be trapped within these walls. What’s that? You’d rather die first? Now Jennifer. I thought I already explained? There is no room for negotation. I give the orders here and you take them. There’s no rhyme or reason. That’s just the way things are. If you’re determined to escape your fate. If you truly don’t want to be trapped here forever. There’s really only one way out. You’ll have to cross over to my side! Only, you’ll never become an aristocrat! No matter how hard you try. A dirty girl like you doesn’t stand a chance. Put waste-paper in the rubbish bin, and washing in the filth room!”
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These “unused” soundfiles were originally ripped, scripted, and archived by “wendy” for The Filth Room (a now defunct Rule of Rose forum). I acquired them long ago.

I’ll put up more “unused” soundfiles soon.

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These soundfiles were all attributed to Clara by the person who originally ripped them. Do you agree?

If these are of Clara, then I think there are clues here relating to how the game developers were thinking about what ultimately happened to Clara. What are your thoughts in that regard? Please let me know in the comments.

(crying)
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(crying)
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(crying/laughing)
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“I’m sorry.”
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“I’m sorry.”
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“Sorry.”
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“Please! Please, forgive me.”
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“Forgive me!”
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“Forgive me! Please! Please!”
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“I won’t do it again.”
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“I won’t do it again.”
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Click on the triangles/arrows of the soundfiles to listen to them.

(Susan?): “Here she comes.”
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(Olivia?): Here she comes.”
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“Here she comes.”
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“Here she comes.”
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Now that I have up-to-date WordPress software on Rule of Rose Mysteries (for a long time I wasn’t able to update), I should be able to easily fix broken functions on this blog and add new ones.

So if you find anything that isn’t working right on this blog, please let me know in the comments.

And if there is some blog functionality you’d like to see become available, tell me about it. Better yet, because I haven’t got a lot of free time on my hands right now, if you want to go through lists of wordpress plugins and widgets and make recommendations on specific ones, that would make the desired feature much more likely to come into existence here quickly. I don’t guarantee I’ll follow all of everybody’s recommendations, but I’m certainly open to adding features and seriously considering recommendations about what to add or change.

WordPress plugin directory:   http://wordpress.org/plugins/

WordPress widget list:  http://codex.wordpress.org/Widget_List

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My webhost had long been warning me that they were requiring all their websites to move to their new cloudhosting server, and I had feared this would mean the end of Rule of Rose Mysteries because I thought that it might not be possible to successfully move it.

You see, I had tried to move Rule of Rose Mysteries to another webhost in the past, and after much effort, and the hard work of multiple techs to make it happen, that attempt had ended in complete failure.

Dreading to go through that nightmare again, I put off this attempt to the last possible week before Rule of Rose Mysteries would be shut down and disappear forever.

This time, however, the move succeeded (although it had indeed been another nightmare that required an enormous amount of work by both a webhost tech and myself to overcome many problems).

The additional good news is that I am now able to update my wordpress software. I had not been able to do this for a very long time, and so the functionality of my blog had gotten more and more broken. Now I should be able to fix everything that doesn’t work right, and add new features that may be helpful.

If you made any comments to this site during the past week, those may be gone because the database that is being used now was exported a number of days ago. Sorry for the inconvenience! Please write your comments again to share with us.

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gyno

Yesterday, my blog-post brought up the information that Mr. Hoffman could have been a surgeon, and if so, in England, he would have been titled Mr. rather than Dr.

Reading further in the article that I found on this topic, I discovered that Mr. Hoffman could have been a surgeon/gynecologist and have been titled Mr. rather than Dr.

The medical gurney upon which Clara sits in The Unlucky Clover Field chapter, and which she scrubs in The Funeral chapter, has gynecological leg-rests (see picture at top).

If Mr. Hoffman was a surgeon/gynecologist this would give some further support for the theory that Mr. Hoffman gave Clara and abortion, because he would have the necessary skill set to do so.

Quoting an article to which I’ll provide a link in comment #1 below:

“…from the late 18th century to the late 19th century almost all of the growing number of obstetricians appointed to teaching hospitals were physicians. Indeed, most were Fellows of the Royal College of Physicians, called themselves “physician-accoucheurs,” and were addressed as Dr.   Conflict arose at the end of the 19th century, however, with the growth of operative gynaecology. This is a complex story, but the root of it is the argument made by surgeons that gynaecology belonged to them because it was operative; the physician-accoucheurs claimed that obstetrics and gynaecology belonged together. As we know, the surgeons won the argument. By the 20th century the obstetrician-gynaecologist (who often, but not necessarily, possessed the FRCS [Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons]) became another kind of doctor who was always addressed as Mr. And this is more or less the position today…”

Thus, Mr. Hoffman could have been a surgeon/gynecologist, and in the England of the time of Rule of Rose, he would have been titled Mr. rather than Dr.

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ivbottle

Credit for this idea and information backing it go to comment-maker RozenMaiden (who wrote about it years ago in a comment-thread). I had forgotten all about it. I think it deserves its own blog-post.

Was Mr. Hoffman a surgeon?

If Mr. Hoffman was a surgeon, it would explain the presence of surgical equipment in the orphanage (as is found in the attic) and would increase the plausibility of the theory that Clara might have been given an abortion by Mr. Hoffman.

Wouldn’t he be called Dr. Hoffman, rather than Mr. Hoffman, if he was an actual surgeon?

No. He wouldn’t. Male surgeons are always addressed as Mr. in the United Kingdom (according to an article written in the year 2000, I don’t know if the practice has changed since then; see comment #1 below for a link to the article). Mr. would have been the title given to surgeons at the time of Jennifer’s forgotten childhood in England.

We see Mr. Hoffman sitting at a desk in the Sick Bay when Clara is sitting in there on a medical gurney like a patient (in “The Unlucky Clover Field” chapter) and we never see Martha in the Sick Bay, so I think we are supposed to assume that Mr. Hoffman is the giver of medical care. Yet he is never referred to as Dr. Hoffman.

The medical gurney has an I.V. bottle attached, which suggests to me that Hoffman has some serious medical training. There is some sort of certificate or diploma in the Sick Bay. I haven’t been able to find a high resolution picture of it, but RozenMaiden provided a low resolution image which I’ll link to in comment #2 below.

What do you think?

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brokenswingcut

Could it be that the original Joshua died when one of the ropes of his tree swing broke and he fell (perhaps onto the picket fence that borders the yard at the Gingerbread House)?

One can find a tree swing in that yard with one of the ropes (that connect the swing to a tree branch) broken. Swing ropes don’t just break while hanging unused, right? So it is reasonable to assume that the swing broke during its use by someone, no? If that is the case, who was swinging on it when it broke?

If we go by the principle of looking for the greatest significance that a clue might have—as this is a mystery game, after all—we might ask: “Why might a broken swing be important to the author(s) of the game and be included in the scene?”  Could it be because a swing accident caused the death of the original Joshua? Joshua loved things that had to do with flying. Presumably he would have loved to swing high and imagine himself flying.  The swing breaking while Joshua was swinging high conceivably could result in fatal injuries, don’t you think?

Hand in hand with the idea that the original Joshua died in a swing accident would be the idea that the “Joshua” of Gregory’s diary entries was actually Wendy. Wendy is frequently shown coughing and needing to be confined to a sick bed in the orphanage. So I think Gregory is actually talking about Wendy when he writes in his diary: “I wanted to take Joshua out with me to the fields, but his coughs were getting worse, so I had him stay in bed.” We know that Wendy will later impersonate Joshua, so why not consider that the original Joshua was already dead, and Wendy impersonating him, at the time of these diary entries? The diary entries aren’t exactly “normal” if you really look at them (and during this time-period children are disappearing, suggesting that Gregory is active as Stray Dog at this time). I think the original Joshua is already dead, and Gregory is already mentally ill, at the time of the diary entries. If so, there is no reason to assume that the original Joshua died of an illness, as might be inferred from the illness references in Gregory’s diary, as the ill “Joshua” was actually Wendy. This opens up the possibility that Joshua died in a tree swing accident (or in some other way).

(Note:  I previous presented this theory of Joshua’s death in the comments-thread of an earlier blog-post, but I think it deserves its own blog-post, so here it is.)

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