Cumming Walters's theory, though it makes the mystery more extraordinary, does not make it any more of a mystery of Edwin Drood. The gist of each song is that the character followed Jasper to his house and found the clasp that Rosa gave Drood, which Jasper would have had only if he had taken it from Drood. The Queen never took him up on the offer. Dickens had worked closely with his artists on the covers for the monthly parts of his works, foreshadowing events that would take place in the novels without really giving anything away. Some years later, as an 11-year-old boy fascinated by mystery books, Holmes first discovered the unfinished Dickens novel.
It certainly seems artistically more likely that there was a further mystery of Edwin Drood; not the mystery that he was murdered, but the mystery that he was not murdered. John Jasper now enters again in the scenario. Jasper is interested in this trick. The woman is called Princess Puffer. Much conjecture about the actual outcome of the novel has taken place and The Mystery of Edwin Drood remains a mystery to this day. Jasper dragged him to a crypt where he left him. Firstly, the title asserts that it is a mystery and therefore unsolved, the portrait of Rosa is unfinished and so is Durdles house described as unfinished.
In this respect, the arts have swopped places. We might almost as easily imagine Edith Dombey dressing up as Major Bagstock. This version of Crisparkle's confession was introduced in the first national tour, and has been used in all productions since. A drowsy city, Cloisterham, whose inhabitants seem to suppose, with an inconsistency more strange than rare, that all its changes lie behind it, and that there are no more to come. I am too frightened to be left by myself. Walters can reply that it was foreshadowed because it was never meant to come off. Charles Dickens unfortunately died of a stroke before he could conclude his tale.
This might really explain, if a little fancifully, his coming back to the town in the character of a detective. A new character called Dick Datchery comes to Cloisterham. Either answer points to considerable complexity of plot in the second half. But Dickens never did anything better than the short account of Mr. Durdles the gravedigger, however, disagrees; he witnessed the crime and knows who truly killed Edwin Drood. All actors play two parts. He also realized that Rosa felt the same for Neville, which made him angrier.
Next morning, Christmas Day, as the townspeople observe the damage done by the storm, Jasper informs them that Edward Drood is missing. He has forced me to understand him, without his saying a word; and he has forced me to keep silence, without his uttering a threat. It is revealed that Alice Nutting has returned to the stage, due to her contractual obligation to appear in both acts, as Datchery. I would undertake to maintain that Mr. Dan Simmons won the World Fantasy Award for his novel Song of Kali. Bear with me now to Chapter 14, where Edwin meets the Old Puffer and charitably gives her enough for a pipe of opium.
I feel it would be characteristic of Dickens to intend some play on words. Now there are one or two people in the story who this person might possibly be. He began by completing the old romance of travel. Ordinarily this animal — the property of the watchman and known, for sufficient reason, as Snap — was of a voracious, biting disposition; but in Vacation time lapsed into a fly-blown apathy, like the law itself, as if all unlawful appetites were but a source of dreamy speculation. Drood is not a person to inspire either brooding or dread. Here's another ready for ye, deary.
There has been chattering and clattering enough between them, but to no purpose. This is definitely the most metatheatrical of the endings. It is her birthday, and Jasper, her music tutor, has composed a song for Rosa which he insists on hearing her sing. The clause shows that Dickens knew he might be dying, but it is also witness to his splendid confidence that nothing short of death or a stroke could stop him composing the intended dozen monthly numbers. Winner of 5 Tony Awards Including Best Musical Imperial Theatre, Broadway 2 December, 1985 - 608 perfs Savoy Theatre, London 7 May, 1987 Directed by Wilford Leach. He tells her that he loves her.
The most notable difference in characterization involves Jasper: though Dickens' character is undoubtedly repressed and troubled, he is not depicted with the full-fledged that he appears to have in the musical. He is an old gentleman of juvenile energy, with a habit of carrying his hat in his hand even in the open air; which some have interpreted as meaning that he feels the unaccustomed weight of a wig. Being only six-and-twenty, Jasper is part uncle, part brother to Drood. Scenes and Settings The action takes place at the Music Hall Royale this evening. Jasper tells everyone that Neville killed him. The next day Drood has vanished. However, they, with the audience's help, will resolve the story and the public voting begins as to who Datchery and The Murderer are; unfortunately, the actress playing Drood and, up to that point, Datchery is not chosen as Datchery and exits the theater in a huff.