I have previously written blog-posts about the hypothesis that the story of Sir Peter in the “Sir Peter” storybook is really a story of metaphors about Mr. Hoffman, his sexual dirtiness (from a child’s perspective), and his murder at the orphanage. See my previous blog-posts:
Sir Peter is depicted in the “Sir Peter” storybook as standing upright (also walking and running) on two legs, holding an umbrella, and dressed like a man in a suit-coat and hat.
The hat may be an important clue that supports the above mentioned hypothesis that the “Sir Peter” storybook tells Hoffman’s story.
If you take Jennifer to the Headmaster’s Closet in the orphanage, you will see there a very tall black hat with a grey band. I believe that one can accurately describe this hat both as a top hat and as a stovepipe hat. Sir Peter is also depicted as wearing a dark hat of this type (and one that appears as though it may also have a lighter band, like the grey band of Mr. Hoffman’s hat).
Is it just a coincidence that both Mr. Hoffman and Sir Peter have the same peculiar hat? I think not. I think that this is a clue that connects Mr. Hoffman to Sir Peter in the Sir Peter storybook.
I think that it is also relevant that Mr. Hoffman is the “boss” of the “Sir Peter” chapter of the Rule of Rose game. In terms of game-play logic, I would think that this indicates a special connection between Mr. Hoffman and the “Sir Peter” theme… which is consistent with the idea that the “Sir Peter” storybook tells us Hoffman’s story.
Another possible connection between the rabbit and Hoffman might relate to the sexual reputations of rabbits. I don’t know how far back that reputation goes or how culturally limited that reputation might be. Today we have Playboy bunnies, and the expression “f##k like bunnies”.
And, of course, there can be a sexual meaning to the word “peter”, giving the title “Sir Peter” a different connotation.Tags: Hoffman, Peter