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See this YouTube video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=keaWPpHpwE4

This is a video illustration of a previous blog-post of mine: Watching Susan and Olivia from the Broom Closet

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I think that I may have found a little gem of insight into the plot of Rule of Rose by contemplating the passage from Atlus’s official Rule of Rose website that we have been examining in Parts 2a and 2b of this series of blog-posts. The “gem” relates to the subtitle I have chosen: “The Airship as the Belly of the Beast”.

The passage, once again, is:

1930s, England. The year that marked the start of the age of the great zeppelins. A mysterious story is spreading among the children in one town. “The park is dangerous after dark. You’ll be eaten by stray dogs. People who are eaten are confined to a zeppelin in the sky and can never leave.

My insight came about while I was analyzing what it was that seemed to me to ring so false about the passage.

I didn’t have a problem with the idea that, during Jennifer’s forgotten past, the children of the town might have come to hear some variant of the Stray Dog legend. What I had a problem with was the idea that the legend of Stray Dog, during Jennifer’s forgotten past, had somehow become associated with the idea that people who are eaten are confined to a airship in the sky and can never leave. I could think of no satisfying explanation of how such a variant of the legend would come about… and then it hit me.

It makes no sense (in my opinion) as a feature of Jennifer’s forgotten past, i.e. what we might think of—in the context of the Rule of Rose story—as real life. But it DOES make sense, I think, as a feature of Jennifer’s dream fantasy.

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In the Perrault version of Cinderella, in the Brothers Grimm version of Cinderella, and in the Disney animated movie version of Cinderella, there are only two step-sisters for Cinderella.

In the “Rag Princess” storybook, however, the illustrations show that the rag princess has three step-sisters. Why this change in the number of step-sisters? I propose that there are three step-sisters because the story here is depicting the relationship between Amanda and three orphans: Diana, Meg, and Eleanor.

In the airship, during the “Unlucky Cloverfield” chapter of Rule of Rose, after coming up the stairs and entering through the door into the First Class Guest Sector, one can find a sign hanging on the wall to the left which describes “Social Rank”:

Social Rank
Refined Class
Duchess…..Diana
Countess….Eleanor
Baroness….Meg
Lower Class
Poor………..Amanda
Beggar…….Jennifer

The text of the Rag Princess storybook tells us:

Her stepsisters wore beautiful dresses and went to the ball.

The girl stayed at home and her jealousy festered

I propose that the “real life” situation being described is this: in the Aristocrat Club, the girls Diana, Meg, and Eleanor are ranked socially as “Refined Class (“wore beautiful dresses and went to the ball”), but Amanda is ranked “Lower Class” and desperately wants to move up to “Refined Class” rank (“stayed at home and her jealousy festered”).

We see, in the storybook illustration, a castle off in the distance. This is the site of the ball and indicates that the ball relates to aristocracy.

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“The Little Princess” storybook text continues:

(Left side):
in the storybook itself:

Until one day, when she was sent away to a strange house.

subtitle given:

And the poor little girl was sent away to a strange house.

The accompanying illustration is of a man pulling the girl by the arm as he walks, and the girl is holding the little princess doll by the hand with her other hand. An interesting feature of this man is that he has a mustache. This is interesting because neither Gregory Wilson, nor Mr. Hoffman, are depicted as having a mustache at any point in the Rule of Rose game… and those two men are the only adult males that we ever encounter during the game.
The illustration also shows a couple of trees to the left, near one of which stands Stray Dog (standing like a man, but having the head of a dog). In the distance is what appears to be a house behind a wall… presumably the orphanage.

This is where the storybook ends when Jennifer is at the bus stop during “The Little Princess” chapter of Rule of Rose. The page on the right doesn’t appear until Joshua (in the attic of the orphanage, during “The Little Princess” chapter of Rule of Rose) asks Jennifer to read more of the storybook. Now the page on the right will temporarily mark the ending of “The Little Princess” storybook, until the text once again extends. See my blog-post: “The Continually Growing Storybook (‘The Little Princess’)
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(Right side):

At her new home, the Aristocrat Club lived by the Rule of Rose. But the girl found herself very much alone.

The accompanying illustration shows seven girls standing amidst seven long-stem roses:

The tall girl with a kerchief-tie is Diana.

The girl with the birdcage is Eleanor.

The girl wearing glasses is Meg.

The rotund girl is Amanda.

The girl with pig tails is Susan.

The small girl remaining is presumably Olivia.

Clara is not depicted here, or anywhere else in this storybook.

Wendy is not ever depicted in this storybook, at least not as a little girl. Does the little princess doll, later on in the storybook, represent her? I’ll discuss that question in a future blog-post.
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There are a number of mysteries that we now face in trying to explain the story of “The Little Princess” storybook:

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Making sense of the boss-battles of the Rule of Rose game, in the sense of relating these boss-battles to incidences from Jennifer’s forgotten past, is something that I find to be quite a difficult challenge. But here is an idea of mine about an incident from Jennifer’s past that might relate, at least in part, to the Hoffman boss battle.

After the Hoffman boss-battle ends (in the “Sir Peter” chapter), if Jennifer goes to the Sick Bay of the airship, she can find a couple of entries in Hoffman’s diary that couldn’t be found there earlier.

7 April 1930

Every day, that child gives me a headache.
Shirking her duties, doodling on walls, making Olivia cry, etc, etc.
What a wretched child!
(Sick Bay—after boss battle, Sir Peter chapter, Hoffman’s diary)

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12 April 1930

Today, I gave that child a good scolding.
When I found out she let the rabbit escape, that was the last straw.
As I took out my pointer to punish her, she started quibbling again…
…However, she’s still young.
She gave in and apologized, so I let it go at that.
I’m such a kind, understanding teacher.”
(Sick Bay—after boss battle, Sir Peter chapter, Hoffman’s diary)

Could it possibly be that the incident that Hoffman describes in his diary entry of the 12th of April is the very same incident, as seen from Hoffman’s point-of-view, that inspired Jennifer’s dream of the Hoffman-boss battle (at least, in part)?

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Near the end of the “Goat Sisters” chapter, there is something that you can do that many players of Rule of Rose miss.

If Jennifer tries to enter the Filth Room at this time, Susan and Olivia force her out and shut the door.

You can watch what Susan and Olivia are doing in the Filth Room by taking Jennifer into the Broom Closet and having her look through the peep-hole.

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There are two entries in Amanda’s diary in which the following strange names appear: Basil, Fanny, George, Hector, Ida, Leo, and Paul.

Some of these names–Basil, Ida, Hector, and Leo–also appear as names assigned to passenger cabins on the airship.

Who are these people?

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This is an arrangement of dated documents, of the Rule of Rose game, as a time-line extending from just after Jennifer’s arrival at the orphanage to immediately after the orphanage massacre.

This is the time period from 20 March 1930 to 20 December 1930.

This is a follow-up to Document-based Time-line: Before Jennifer Arrived at the Orphanage

Four of the documents presented in this time-line, by the way, are ones overlooked in the GameSpot/GameFAQs game-script faq. I marked those documents with ###.

I also included two of Jennifer’s memories that relate to precise dates.

The last of Amanda’s diary entries have no dates. They consist of one written passage and numerous drawings. I included the diary passage, and a summary description of the drawings, out of sequence at the end of this post for completeness. These should date to no earlier than 19 October 1930.

I also left two dated headlines, attributed to the Daily Flamingo newspaper, out of the sequence: I don’t think that these share the reliability of the other documents. But I have included them at the very end of the post, for completeness.

If I have made any errors, or have left out a document that should be here, please let me know in the “comments”.

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I haven’t yet written, at this blog site, about the orphans of Rule of Rose “being” the spooky things (imps), although I’ve written extensively on this topic on forums.

But previously I’ve only made connections, in my forum posts, between specific orphans (always the Aristocrats, or Amanda) and certain “special” types of imps: fish imps, bird imps, pig imps, rat imps, etc.

About the “generic” types of imps I’ve only said that these relate to the non-Aristocrat orphans (other than Amanda).

For the first time, I’m going to propose that a particular “generic” imp individual, can be identified as a particular orphan: Olivia.

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This is the complete collection what Jennifer herself says (excluding what is written in documents) in the “Once Upon a Time” (January) chapter of Rule of Rose.

This collection includes five of Jennifer’s memories/comments that were omitted in the GameFAQs game-script faq written by TheSinnerChrono. I marked these with “####” to make them easier to find (for readers only interested in these).

This post does not contain commentaries by me (unless some of my descriptive comments count as being commentary).

If anyone finds anything I missed, or any mistakes I’ve made, please let me know in the comments. Thanks!

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