Sorry to double-post, but there’s another mystery I’d like to throw out there for discussion! This one is a mystery from 1998, but it’s related to our discussion of the numerals 07151129. In addition to containing Battler’s birthdate, and the possibility of one other date – in addition to being written on the door to the parlor after the murder of Ushiromiya George – they have another meaning which was revealed in this episode. They’re a passcode to be used with a card and a key to access a safe-deposit box containing 100 million yen, sent by roundabout means to members of the bereaved families. It was sent to Nanjo’s son, Kumasawa’s son, and Ange herself.
(From the manga, but from what I’ve heard, the manga is accurate to the visual novel. I started reading it to review previous episodes.)
So … what is with that? I’ve been looking at it from different angles, trying to decipher what these facts could mean. Ange recognizes pretty soon that the handwriting on the envelope is Beatrice’s. That means it’s the same person who wrote the bottle messages, and the same person who wrote about magic and the mariage sorcière in Maria’s diary.
Since she hates Beatrice, Ange assumes the money was sent as an insult, mocking the grieving families by suggesting their lives could be bought with money. But couldn’t it also be an act of condolence, or compassion? This could be a case of ‘without love, you can’t see it.’ From the same evidence, we could interpret the motives of this ‘Beatrice’ in two very different ways, depending on whether we have love. But it would also change our interpretation of Beatrice’s actions and motives as a whole, if we think she’s being compassionate here despite her cruelty orchestrating events on the island. I’m not sure, but it’s something I want to think more on. Who is this pretend Beatrice – the Beatrice of the bottle, the diary, and these envelopes – and what motivates her?
What else can we conclude, though? The post mark on the envelope was October 3rd, so the money must have been arranged before the Rokkenjima killings. That suggests pre-planning. It also suggests Nanjo, Kumasawa, and Ange’s family were always meant to die or go missing. From the variation in the bottle messages, and the variation on the gameboard, you’d think someone like Nanjo or Kumasawa or Rudolf or Kyrie or Battler could survive in theory, just like Eva survived. And then condolence money wouldn’t have to be sent to their families. But this ‘Beatrice’ wasn’t betting on that. Why? What does that say about the culprit’s plans, how far they were set in advance, and who they were meant to impact?
Also … whoever arranged this money must have had that money to set aside in the first place. All the siblings were in desperate straits cash-wise before the family conference. (Except, perhaps, for Krauss with his embezzlement scheme.) It doesn’t seem like any of the servants should have resources like that, either …
I have one, unlikely idea. Nanjo’s situation is … off. He has one reason to go to the family conference, and it’s to see his old friend Kinzo, and report on his health to the siblings. But Kinzo is dead, and we know he’s dead at the start of all games. Krauss and Natushi could be paying Nanjo off to keep Kinzo’s death secret, and Nanjo couldn’t refuse. His highest-paying client is dead and he needs the money for his sickly grandchild. He’s also keeping a lot of secrets as is, like the secret mansion and any births or deaths that happened there – his conscience must be very heavy. If he were in on the murders, an accomplice of some kind, I could see him wanting to ‘clear his debts’ by arranging the money to take care of his own family, and console the others. He’d go to Rokkenjima expecting to die, but believing he can make amends after his death. Of course, that money never gets used, which is a tragic happenstance.
Nanjo doesn’t seem likely to be the author of the bottle messages or to be writing in Maria’s diary, though. Is there someone else who could behind all three things … ?
(Another niggling thought, not related to money – does Kanon have some sort of grudge against Nanjo? In the two instances where Kanon ‘dies’ and then seems to reappear, Nanjo dies around the same time. In the second episode, the false-Kanon kills Nanjo and Kumasawa, and in the third, Kanon’s ‘ghost’ leads Jessica away while Nanjo is supposedly being killed, resurrected, and tortured by the witch. Someone else pointed out that Nanjo never dies in the first twilight … so what is going on with Nanjo … ?)
Well, that’s my rambling. Any thoughts from the rest of you?