I’m going to start our discussion of Amanda’s sewing project by posting the entire text of the “Rag Princess” storybook here for reference:

Once upon a time,
there was a girl who sewed rags,
day in, day out.
The stench of the rags seeped into her clothes.
Her stepsisters wore beautiful dresses and went to the ball.
The girl stayed at home and her jealousy festered.
One day.
a fairy godmother came,
cast a spell on the girl, and said,
“Sew yourself an ash-grey dress.
Then you can go to the ball like your stepsisters!”
The girl patched together the sooty rags,
and that’s how she became the Rag Princess.
A very stinky princess indeed.
She stunk up the whole town, in fact.
No girl who stunk so would be allowed into the ball.
I’ll make that girl wear this awful dress myself!
And thus, the Rag Princess and the girl in the rag dress became play pals.

In the “Rag Princess” storybook, the Amanda’s sewing project begins as a dress for herself:

“Sew yourself an ash-grey dress.
Then you can go to the ball like your stepsisters!”

But it is a project that fails:

No girl who stunk so would be allowed into the ball.

Some entries in Amanda’s diary seem to relate to this sewing project.


From Amanda’s diary:

Sunday, July 27

I HATE HER I HATE HER I HATE HER
I HATE HER I HATE HER I HATE HER
Oh, my! I’ve got to sew the rags…

Sunday, August 31

I HATE HER I HATE HER I HATE HER
I HATE HER I HATE HER I HATE HER
Oh, my! I’ve got to sew the rags…

Sunday, September 28

I HATE HER I HATE HER I HATE HER
I HATE HER I HATE HER I HATE HER
Oh, my! I’ve got to sew the rags…

But Amanda’s sewing project, once completed, seems to fail to win for Amanda the result that she wanted. And that failure seems to make Amanda angry:

Sunday, October 5

After all that time I spent sewing it!
Basil, Fanny, George, Hector, Ida, Leo, Paul!
Why must they always bother me so?
Oh, woe is me!

Sunday, October 12

Oh, why can’t they all just go to hell!
Basil, have a nap on the railroad tracks!
Fanny, take a dive off the roof!
George, I’ll hang you upside down!
Hector, get run over by a carriage!
Ida, I have some fancy poison jam for you!
Leo, walk across an open manhole!
Paul, get smothered by a great rug!
And lastly, that girl!
The Aristocrats will have their way with her!
Oh, how very delightful life is!

~

In the course of playing “Rule of Rose”, we first see evidence of a special project of Amanda’s in the Working Class Luggage section of the airship during the “Sir Peter” chapter.

If you take Jennifer to the Working Class Luggage area immediately upon beginning the “Sir Peter” chapter you will find, on the elevated platform, behind the sewing machine, a small grey cloth that covers something. Pressing “x” while Jennifer stands next to it gives you the following subtitle:

A cloth is covering something that’s about knee high

After seeing this, meet with Amanda at the top of the airship. Then return to the Working Class Luggage area. Now the grey cloth and the object it covers have grown larger. And Amanda is there working at the sewing machine.

Pressing “x” while Jennifer stands next to the covered object gives the same subtitled response as before (revealing a minor flaw in the game, as the size of the cloth and the covered object have clearly grown considerably larger):

A cloth is covering something that’s about knee high

If you press “x” while Jennifer stands near Amanda, Amanda stops sewing, turns to Jennifer, and says:

Jennifer, I have a wonderful gift just for you! It’s almost ready, so please wait a little longer. Tee hee hee…

When Jennifer leaves the Working Class Luggage, a crumpled up note is tossed at her. The note reads:

Amanda and Jennifer, report to the gift box at once.

Amanda now emerges from the Working Class Luggage area and says to Jennifer:

Too bad, but the gift will have to wait. For now, let’s wish ourselves luck, Jennifer! Hee hee.

After the “Sir Peter” chapter, we won’t see this covered object again in the Working Class Luggage until the beginning of “The Rag Princess Sews” chapter. At that time the grey cloth and the object underneath are larger than ever. And I get the impression, from the shape, of a head and shoulders underneath, with the head tilting to one side. Pressing “x” next to the covered object gives the subtitle:

Something is covered up

Amanda and her covered up project both disappear from the sewing area shortly before Jennifer finds Amanda bludgeoning the Jennifer-doll.  Could it be that Amanda’s sewing project was the grey rag dress? And was the doll just a fitting-mannequin for the dress? Or was it part of the intended result of the project too?

Previously, on this blog and in Rule of Rose forums, I have always argued that Amanda’s secret sewing project was the dress that Wendy wears in “The Funeral” chapter when she offers herself to Jennifer. Now I have doubts about that hypothesis. That dress wasn’t sewn from rags, like the grey dress on the doll.

We know from Amanda’s diary that she was quite angry at the results after her project was completed. I think that Amanda expected to get aristocratic social rank from the project, and was angry when that didn’t happen. Could that anger be the reason why she bludgeoned the “Jennifer”-doll and the Joshua-the-bear doll?

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See comment #2 below for links to pictures of the cloth-covered object. (Thanks, Passerby!)
Comment #4 corrects an error in comment #2.

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10 Responses to ““Rag Princess” Storybook (Part 6): The Sewing Project”
  1. Stephen says:

    the covering seems to hide someting taller than a dress, seems more like the doll Amanda beats

  2. Passerby says:

    Well, I couldn’t find any pictures of the 2nd-phase lump, but the one from the beginning of Sir Peter is here:
    http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c240/serpert/SirPeter.jpg
    http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c240/serpert/SirPeter1.jpg

    And the one from The Rag Princess Sews is here:
    http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c240/serpert/RagPrincessSews.jpg
    http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c240/serpert/RagPrincessSews1.jpg
    http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c240/serpert/RagPrincessSews2.jpg

    Someone stop me before I procrastinate with picture searches again! *laughs*

  3. the covering seems to hide someting taller than a dress, seems more like the doll Amanda beats

    I think that was what PN was getting at, actually.

  4. PokerNemesis says:

    Thanks again Passerby, for the great pictures.

    Passerby wrote:

    I couldn’t find any pictures of the 2nd-phase lump, but the one from the beginning of Sir Peter is here

    Actually, you only have pictures of the 2nd-phase lump in your “Sir Peter” chapter group. The first-phase lump of the “Sir Peter” chapter is smaller.

    ~
    Sorry about your posts getting caught by my spam-filter. It probably finds the multiple links suspicious (although sometimes it snags comment-makers for reasons quite unclear to me).

    Although spam-filters are a drag when the snag genuine comment-makers, this one has also intercepted over 3000 genuinely spammy comments, so it really is quite necessary.

  5. Cherrona says:

    Hmm, maybe Amanda made the dress for younger Jennifer to wear, hoping it would make her even filthier, thus preventing her from joining the Aristocrat club?
    That way Amanda would have a friend (filthy and stinky together forever) and not have the embarrassment of a new orphan making the club before her and having a higher rank?
    Although I don’t know how she would be able to force Jennifer to wear it, or if it would work to stop her from being allowed in the club. Then again Amanda is anything but stable, so any obvious problems with my theory wouldn’t matter to her.

  6. Passerby says:

    Oh, the spam guard was snagging my posts. Geez, and here I thought it was because my internet was acting up.

    Ah well. Sorry ’bout the mix up with 1st and 2nd phase lumps, the site said it was from the beginning and I didn’t check. My bad.

  7. SharraLien says:

    Does anyone have any idea who Amanda’s writing about here?

    Sunday, October 12

    Oh, why can’t they all just go to hell!
    Basil, have a nap on the railroad tracks!
    Fanny, take a dive off the roof!
    George, I’ll hang you upside down!
    Hector, get run over by a carriage!
    Ida, I have some fancy poison jam for you!
    Leo, walk across an open manhole!
    Paul, get smothered by a great rug!
    And lastly, that girl!
    The Aristocrats will have their way with her!
    Oh, how very delightful life is!

    She’s obviously very unhappy and very disturbed… but who ARE these people? Those names don’t ever appear anywhere else. Could these be people in her past who she has gotten revenge on? It does look a little like a laundry list…

  8. PokerNemesis says:

    Welcome, SharraLien! (I’ll welcome you in this, your second, comment because I need to think some more about your questions/ideas of the first comment.)

    See this blog-post, and comments-thread, for discussion of the names in Amanda’s diary:
    The Mystery of the Strange Names
    ~

  9. Initra says:

    I thought that Amanda’s projects were clothing for everybody, she liked sewing. But she was a child, she wouldn’t get niece pieces of cloth- Hoffman probably got that from ladies that helped the children -can’t remember their names now-

    Let’s just say, that as there’s a sewing machine in the orphanage, that the women who did this knew her, and gave her the rags that were small for them to use, or were in a bad state. Amanda wanted a higher rank, and the boys and girls in the orphanage loved to have new clothing: she would increase rank by doing a very nice thing!

    But, those were just rags. The clothing would look ugly, and nobody liked it, so she wrote this:

    Oh, why can’t they all just go to hell!
    Basil, have a nap on the railroad tracks!
    Fanny, take a dive off the roof!
    George, I’ll hang you upside down!
    Hector, get run over by a carriage!
    Ida, I have some fancy poison jam for you!
    Leo, walk across an open manhole!
    Paul, get smothered by a great rug!

    She was in a rage too, so she included Jen on the list.

    And lastly, that girl!
    The Aristocrats will have their way with her!
    Oh, how very delightful life is!

    Amanda didn’t gave the things she sew for her; she got donwgraded, she didn’t deserved her gratitude, so she torned it appart (And Jen saw this in a more poetic way) or she put it on the mannequin to beat it (which would make more sence)

  10. BrokenUpPrincess says:

    I allways thought that “sew yourself an ash-grey dress” meant something like “kill Jennifer and skin her to make yourself a dress out of her”

    Maybe I’m assuming Amanda is more of a psychopath than she really is ^^;

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