Moving Jennifer to the left of the chalk drawing, we will see three steps leading up to a door. If Jennifer tries to enter by this door she will find that it is locked and won’t open. This door would give access, if it were open-able, to the corridor which connects to the Closet Room and the Headmaster’s Room.
If you move Jennifer away from the door, and to the side (to change the camera angle), first to the right and then to the left, you can see some things through the window of the door.
From a position to the right of the door (far back from the steps), looking through the window of the door, one can see a white rectangle with a red border on top on one wall of the corridor. I don’t know what this is. Later, when we are inside that corridor we won’t see anything like that.
From a position to the left of the door (standing by the clotheslines, looking through the window of the door), you can see the top edge of what appears to be a white rectangle on the other wall of the corridor. Again, when we are in that corridor later, we won’t see anything like that.
The view won’t quite seem to match (in my opinion) from inside the corridor looking out into the yard either.
Now let’s look at the items that are hanging on the clothesline, waving slightly in the breeze. Mostly there are dresses, but there are also a couple of shirts and a couple of white rectangles of cloth. Are there any clues to be found amongst these items?
Well, later on, in this chapter, when Jennifer is in the main hall of the orphanage, pressing “x” near a pot of plants will give us the subtitle: “The plants are covered with dust.” I propose that this dustiness is an indication that we are seeing a time in the orphanage after Martha and Hoffman are no longer living there. Martha is not dusting the plants, nor is Hoffman there to make the orphans do cleaning.
But outside, we see laundry hanging from the clotheslines. If the orphans aren’t doing dusting inside the orphanage because there are no adults around to force them to do so, does the presence of laundry on the clotheslines give contradictory evidence to the hypothesis that there are no adults around?
I don’t think so.
Laundry was Jennifer’s duty, and I could easily see the Aristocrats forcing Jennifer to keep at her laundry duties after the adults were gone. The Aristocrat girls would want clean clothes and clean sheets. It would be difficult for them to feel refined without clean clothes.
If we press “x” near the incinerator, we get a frontal view of the incinerator and a subtitle that says: “It’s a large incinerator.”
Moving Jennifer near the trash piled by the incinerator, and pressing “x”, gives a frontal view of the trash and a subtitle that says: “There’s lots of trash piled up here.”
I have some speculative thoughts about this rear gate area, but I think I will put these in their own blog-post later, and then link to it from here once it is posted.
One more observation of interest, about this area. Look at the two windows overlooking the clotheslines (just to the left of the door if Jennifer is facing the door). I don’t think these windows should be there. The room that should be located there is the Closet Room. But there are no windows in the Closet Room.
Now we are ready to leave the “rear gate” area.Tags: Hoffman, Martha