Horoscopes Apr 1, 2016 9:38:22 GMT -5 via mobile
Post by amanda on Apr 1, 2016 9:38:22 GMT -5
I have looked into this, and have included a brief synopsis:
A literary reference mentioned in one of the online definitions of the solution I have creates a very suggestive link to the message revealed by Patently Ridiculous. It might be worth digging deeper into the referenced work...
A man encounters and infiltrates a secret society of 'scientists'; the leader of this group can apparently use telepathy, and has uncovered the secret of transmuting metals (as the *alchemists* sought). The hero uncovers and foils the leader's plot, which is to destroy the earth by 'etherization,' essentially using atomic energy (this work is apparently notable as the first work [dating from 1895] to describe an atomic blast).Obviously there are a few connections to elements of our overall story
(a secret society, alchemical pursuits)but I'm not sure that there is any more to this than that. After reading through it, nothing specifically leaps out, aside from what was mentioned previously
(being the quote referenced in the dictionary definition, connecting to Patently Ridiculous; the quote comes from a part of the novel where the hero gives the group's leader a drug which dulls his telepathic powers.)So there are certainly some links overall, but whether they are merely thematic or meant to be more substantive I am not sure.
A couple of other connections/points of interest that I noticed:
The secret society name begins with a C. And there is a very large loose end where a second expedition was headed to Labrador to complete the project and nothing had been heard from them since. The book ends with the uncertainty of whether or not that second mission will succeed.