Sven Karsten: The Identification of Princess Puffer

Отправлено 3 сент. 2014 г., 8:38 пользователем Sven Karsten   [ обновлено 3 сент. 2014 г., 8:38 ]

It is usu­al­ly said, that the Dick­ens’s novel con­tains not one, not two, but the whole three mys­ter­ies: The mys­tery of Drood’s dis­ap­pear­ance, the mys­tery of Datch­ery Iden­ti­ty and the mys­tery of The Opium Woman. The first two mys­ter­ies has al­ready been dis­cussed in my pre­vi­ous ar­ti­cles, so now it’s time to solve the last one, the mys­tery of Princess Puffer. Who is she, where is she com­ing from, what does she want from poor Jasper the choir­mas­ter?

What is known to us about the old pro­pri­etress of the opium den? It’s clear from the novel, that she lived in the same court with Jack Chi­na­man and ran an opium den just like he did. It’s very un­like­ly, that Jack might tol­er­ate ri­val­ry, es­pe­cial­ly so close­ly lo­cat­ed. It more prob­a­ble for Puffer’s den to be noth­ing but a branch of Jack Chi­na­man’s opium net­work, tak­ing into con­sid­er­a­tion that their prices were the same.

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