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Could Thomas have somehow have survived and now be working  for Time magazine?  Could Thomas be responsible for this cover photo?

Compare this Time cover photo with Thomas’s alteration of Mr. Hoffman’s portrait as shown in my YouTube video:  The Mystery of the Graffiti-covered Portrait of Mr. Hoffman in Rule of Rose.
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In the “Once Upon A Time” chapter of Rule of Rose, Jennifer tells us the following story at the blocked off toilet stall in the Men’s Lavatory:

Once, Susan started a rumor about voices coming from this room at night… It turned out it was only the door creaking in the wind, but one night, sounds came from the room even with the windows shut. Susan jumped out of her bed and screamed. It was really just a prank by Nicholas and Xavier. From then on, the room was believed to be haunted and was considered off limits.

One question that comes to my mind is one of translation. Does “room” refer to the entire lavatory (as would be expected of normal English usage) or does “room” refer to the blocked off toilet stall?

In either case, I wonder if we are missing something if we just assume that this little story of Jennifer’s only exists to give us an innocent “slice of life” from the orphanage.

Jennifer, herself, sees a ghost in the course of the game. She sees Martha’s ghost in Clara’s cabin. And Clara’s cabin is also the location where Jennifer sees Martha alive, but bound and bagged. I suggested previously that Martha died at the location in the orphanage represented as Clara’s cabin in the airship and that’s why Jennifer sees her ghost there. See The Mysteries of Clara’s Cabin (Part 2): Martha’s Death.

Could it be that the orphans are quick to think that the Men’s Lavatory is haunted because they think that Hoffman died (or something happened that led to his death) there?

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Jay's snapshot of the skullsThomas made two drawings of a skull on the floor of the upstairs hallway near the Sewing Room. One of the drawings is labeled “skeltin” but there is really only a skull drawn there, not a full skeleton.

In the “Once Upon A Time” chapter of Rule of Rose, pressing “x” at the drawing labeled “skeltin” gives the subtitle:

There are doodles everywhere. No matter how many we cleaned, more would show up the next day.

This is yet another example of Jennifer giving a relatively uninformative comment about a significant clue. Jennifer never really ever opens up about the juicy mysteries of her past… the goings-on at Gregory’s house, the disappearances of Martha, Hoffman, and Clara, the sacrificial offerings, the creepy dolls and the blood in the Cell of Bliss, Hoffman’s sexual predation, etc… and this, I believe, is another example of her avoidance of opening up to us about something important.

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I propose that the Filth Room, in the orphanage, was Clara’s bedroom.

Here is my theory of how and why that came to be.

When Jennifer first came to the orphanage in March of 1930, the Filth Room of the orphanage functioned as a Filth Room, that is, it was the place to where dirty laundry was brought before being taken to the Wash House to be washed.

During “spring cleaning” of the orphanage, Hoffman announced on the P.A. system:

Hello, boys and girls. How are we today? Wastepaper should go in the rubbish, and washing should go into the Filth Room. It’s time to spring clean our home!

Clearly, at that time, in the spring of the year, the Filth Room functioned as a Filth Room.

Jennifer says, in a statement found in the “Once Upon A Time” chapter (at the ladder on a landing of the front stairway):

That day when Thomas couldn’t get down from the tree, the ladder, which had been collecting dust, sure came in handy. Back then, Mr. Hoffman was a kind and admirable teacher.

I think that an implication of Jennifer’s praise of the way Hoffman was “back then” is that Hoffman wasn’t sexually involved with Clara when Jennifer first came to the orphanage.

I propose that the conversion of the Filth Room into Clara’s bedroom, and the beginning of Hoffman’s sexual involvement with Clara, were connected events.

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There is a drawing on the mirror nearest the door.  The drawing is of some sort of creature, but what creature?

It seems to me that, of all the creatures that we see in this game, the creature of the drawing most closely resembles Stray Dog as seen in the storybooks.  In the storybooks, Stray Dog is always drawn facing the reader.  This differs from the drawings of Stray Dog elsewhere.  In the chalk drawings on the outside of the orphanage mansion, Stray Dog’s head is always depicted in side view, showing a dog-like snout.  Similarly, Thomas’s drawing of Stray Dog, on Hoffman’s portrait in the Reception Room, depicts Stray Dog in side view, showing a dog-like snout.

Jennifer’s comment at this Closet Room mirror, however, in the “Once Upon A Time” chapter, doesn’t deal with Stray Dog or Gregory.  It deals with Amanda. 

Jennifer tells us:

“Amanda was always more sensitive about her looks than anyone else. One day she was given a severe scolding by Miss Martha. That’s because Miss Martha’s lipstick had gone missing. The lipstick was never found, but I know Amanda took it. I’ve seen her applying it late at night.”

This statement made me wonder if the drawing might be of something other than Stray Dog.

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My theory about the meaning of the drawings on the floor near the Headmaster’s Room has evolved since I wrote Part 23a.

Previously, I failed to fully grasp the significance of the path of the barbed wire, and I failed to see how all of the drawings in this area work together in sending a message to Hoffman.

It is important, in order to get the full message of the barbed wire drawing, to realize that the path of the barbed wire does not fully block passage into and out of the door of the Headmaster’s Room. This is even more evidence for rejecting my alternative theory about the barbed wire being a “keep out” message to orphans such as Xavier (see Part 23a). If the barbed wire only meant “keep out”, or “stay in”, then it would be drawn so as to fully block the path into and out of the door.

The barbed wire path, however, allows passage out of the Headmaster’s Room for someone to travel down the hallway toward the door leading to the outside (the only other possible destination would be the Closet Room). The message to Hoffman is not just “stay away from the orphans” (which I still believe to be part of the message) but also “here’s the way out… leave.”

The drawings at the end of the hallway, of the spooky things sweeping, and the bugs, can now be seen to fit in as part of the overall message.

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Leave the Headmaster’s Room by the door leading to the small hallway (that is, the door next to the door connecting the Headmaster’s Room to the Reception Room).

Just outside of the door, at Jennifer’s feet, there are some drawings on the floor. These drawings extend down the hallway to Jennifer’s right, almost to the very end of the hallway.

In the “Once Upon A Time” chapter of Rule of Rose, Jennifer makes three comments about these drawings:

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At the drawing on the floor of a big donut-shaped one-eyed person (near cabinet):

“This sloppy drawing must be Thomas’s. See what happens when you give him chalk? The walls, the floors… To him, it’s one big canvas.”

At the drawing on floor of spooky things nearest the Headmaster’s Room:

“The spooky things… They swept away everything that’s dirty, including disobedient children. It was a scary story that started as a rumor and spread like wildfire.”

At the drawing of spooky things nearest the Closet Room:

“The spooky things love to clean. That’s why they always carry mops and brooms. They’ll kidnap you if you don’t clean. At least, that’s what everyone says.”

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We learn from these comments that Thomas was the child who drew these floor drawings.

Thomas was also the child who drew on Hoffman’s portrait in the Reception Room. That drawing showed Hoffman being devoured by Stray Dog, and Hoffman with tongue protruding (strangled?). For more on this topic, see my previous blog-post: See-all Walkthrough, With Commentary: “The Little Princess” Chapter (Part 14): Reception Room: Stray Dog Gobbles Hoffman In Hoffman’s Portrait

Thomas’s drawing on Hoffman’s portrait, in the Reception Room, was a possible clue to Hoffman’s fate. Do these drawings also contain clues that tell us something about occurrences at the orphanage?

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There is a door to a lavatory in this small hallway, but I want to postpone discussion of lavatories until a little bit later, so just for now let’s skip the lavatory. We’ll get back to it. Don’t worry. But for now, let’s return back through the door by which we entered this little hallway, and return to the main hallway.

We went around this large hallway in a clockwise direction before, now let’s retrace our steps and go counterclockwise to the nearest door. Pressing “x” at this door we enter the Reception Room.

The Reception Room would be the place where potential parents would be seated if they came to the orphanage considering adoption.

Inside the Reception Room, to the right, is a grandfather clock. For a speculative theory concerning this grandfather clock, see my blog-post “Did Jennifer Hide in the Grandfather Clock During the Massacre?

To the left of the grandfather clock, hanging on the wall, is a defaced portrait. Pressing “x” by the portrait we get a close-up of the portrait, and subtitles that read:

There are doodles all over the portrait.

I don’t recall anyone, on any Rule of Rose forum, ever commenting on the nature of the “doodles” defacing this portrait. Nor did I ever think much about them myself… until I just now realized that there was something drawn that I had previously missed recognizing. Something very important. The jaws of Stray Dog gobbling up Hoffman.

The jaws rise up from the bottom of the portrait like a big “V”, with large white teeth pointing inward.

At the very least, there is this implied message in the “doodle”: “You deserve to be gobbled up!” (As Olivia later in the game will say to Jennifer).

But I suspect that this “doodle” may be more than that. It may be a clue in the game to lead us to strongly consider the possibility that Hoffman did not leave the orphanage, but met his death there instead.

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Now we take Jennifer to the left from the front gate, following the wall. As she rounds the corner, we are shown the location-text: “Fence Road”.

As Jennifer travels along Fence Road, alongside the wall, the heads of three orphans are peeking over the wall. As she nears each one, that orphan giggles and the head disappears behind the wall. These three orphans are (it appears to me), in order: Thomas, Susan, and Meg.

Jennifer once again rounds a corner of the wall, and she now arrives at the side gate.

Pressing “x” at the gate, Jennifer tries the door but can’t open it. We are shown a view of the sign over a slot in the wall. The sign says: “NO ONE ALOUD WITHOUT A PASS”. We are, at the same time, shown a subtitle which says: “NO ONE ALLOWED WITHOUT A PASS”. Pressing “x” at the slot itself shows us a different view of the slot and the sign, with the same subtitle.

The orphans are using the slot in the wall as a place to present a pass. But for what purpose was the slot built? I propose that it is a mail slot. And I think that this is an important identification to make. The easy accessibility of mail, at the place where mail is left, is important to a theory that I have regarding Martha’s “disappearance” ( I think she was murdered by the orphans). See my blog-post: “The Mystery of Martha’s Letter“.
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Did you know that it is possible to be attacked by imps in the First Class Guest Sector of the airship?

The First Class Guest Sector is that part of the airship where one can find the Library, Sick Bay, Sickroom, Salon, Dressing Room, VIP Room, and the Aristocrat Gift-box.

The possibility to be attacked occurs at the end of the “Goat Sisters” chapter. If, instead of triggering the goat bosses battle in the First Class Luggage room, you go up the stairs to the First Class Guest Sector, you’ll find Thomas in the hallway. Press “x” by him and he says, “Hehehe, Miss Meg? Haven’t seen her.” This isn’t necessary to trigger the imp attack, but I thought I’d mention it. You can also both find Thomas, and trigger the imp attack, after the goat bosses battle, as long as you don’t go to the grandfather clock and trigger the cut-scene there.

The imp attack only occurs inside the airship Library.

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