Friday, March 26, 2010
J. - Be very, very cautious. Treason suspected. Communications for present suspended. Don't even wink crooked. M.
X. - If positive proof can be had about J.W. compensation no object. J.R.W.
5 - Look to your future. I will not spare you. Answer this, or I will write to your office. 10.
You have interfered with me and mine, and to avoid further trouble for yourself you must forever remain quiet. Magenta.
Holy mackerel! I actually have so many of these that although I'd intended to post them all today I decided I should split them over a couple posts. And how exciting they are! Every last one of them is my favorite, but I lean toward the first one because the ending is so funny - "Don't even wink crooked." Did they really say stuff like that 150 years ago? Apparently they did.
So...I won't try too hard to interpret them all, these little intrigues are impossible to decode. I see the first as some sort of organized crime ring or something that's got a mole on the inside trying to take it down. The second - that one I think is pretty obvious. It could be a couple different things, but my guess is that "J.W." was a middle-class woman who got involved in an affair - pre- or extramarital - and someone is threatening to expose her unless her lover (or father) ponies up. Otherwise, she's ruined for life.
The third and fourth are a lot alike. "I will not spare you"! "You must forever remain quiet"! So threatening! The one between 5 and 10 is definitely going to be more blackmail of some sort. If you don't do what I tell you, I'm going to call your office and tell them what you've done (my guess: embezzlement - 5 stole money from his place of work). And the last...wow. Don't you sense that there's a hint of physical violence if the person addressed doesn't back off? Magenta seems pretty dead serious.
Ah, so many novels are popping into my brain I feel like I need to start writing down the plots now. Anyway, as I said, I have quite a few more of these so will blog about them at some future date. Have a great weekend, everyone!
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