History Literature / TheThreeInvestigators

13th Jun '16 1:57:37 AM PaulA
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** In ''The Mystery of the Laughing Shadow'', no one who hears the eponymous shadow's laugh can identify it or describe it, and in fact it sounds different to everyone who hears it. This is a reference to Poe's "Murders in the Rue Morgue" where no one could identify the language of the murderer because [[spoiler:he wasn't speaking one at all, being an orangutan]]. Jupiter again references the parallel, and it is apt since the shadow's laugh is actually made by [[spoiler:a kookaburra, thus identifying the resident [[EvilBrit Evil Aussie]] as the BigBad]].

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** In ''The Mystery of the Laughing Shadow'', no one who hears the eponymous shadow's laugh can identify it or describe it, and in fact it sounds different to everyone who hears it. This is a reference to Poe's "Murders in the Rue Morgue" "Literature/TheMurdersInTheRueMorgue" where no one could identify the language of the murderer because [[spoiler:he wasn't speaking one at all, being an orangutan]]. Jupiter again references the parallel, and it is apt since the shadow's laugh is actually made by [[spoiler:a kookaburra, thus identifying the resident [[EvilBrit Evil Aussie]] as the BigBad]].
12th Jun '16 12:18:15 AM Ingonyama
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** At least in the German audio adaptation Bob seems to alternate between TheCasanova and HandsomeLech with quite a bit of ChickMagnet thrown in. He even seems genuinely offended when a female client of theirs miskates his [[LameExcuse bumbling effort at a distraction]] for [[CannotSpitItOut a bumbling declaration of love]] and [[HilarityEnsues actually turns him down.]] So there might be something to that AlternateCharacterInterpretation...

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** At least in the German audio adaptation Bob seems to alternate between TheCasanova and HandsomeLech with quite a bit of ChickMagnet thrown in. He even seems genuinely offended when a female client of theirs miskates mistakes his [[LameExcuse bumbling effort at a distraction]] for [[CannotSpitItOut a bumbling declaration of love]] and [[HilarityEnsues actually turns him down.]] So there might be something to that AlternateCharacterInterpretation...
10th Jun '16 9:17:41 PM Ingonyama
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* ElectiveBrokenLanguage: In "The Secret of Shark Reef", there is a Japanese gardener called Torao. It turns out that he took on gardener's job in order to investigate the past of his grandfather; his broken English was part of the act (downplayed example, since he was doing it only temporarily).

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* ElectiveBrokenLanguage: In "The ''The Secret of Shark Reef", Reef'', there is a Japanese gardener called named Torao. It turns out that he took on a gardener's job in order to investigate the past of his grandfather; his broken English was part of the act (downplayed example, since he was doing it only temporarily).
10th Jun '16 8:32:32 PM Ingonyama
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* AffablyEvil; Hugenay:

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* AffablyEvil; Hugenay:AffablyEvil: Hugenay.
22nd May '16 6:48:32 PM PaulA
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* PolishTheTurd: The sole rationale for the series initially being named ''Creator/AlfredHitchcock and the Three Investigators'', and the frequent cameos of Hitchcock in the first thirty books or so, was Robert Arthur's insight that the books would sell better if they were ''somehow'' connected to somebody famous. He was right.
21st May '16 9:56:55 AM JustTroper
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* ElectiveBrokenLanguage: In "The Secret of Shark Reef", there is a Japanese gardener called Torao. It turns out that he took on gardener's job in order to investigate the past of his grandfather; his broken English was part of the act (downplayed example, since he was doing it only temporarily).
16th May '16 2:50:47 PM Ingonyama
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* SeriesContinuityError: In the early book ''Green Ghost'', Arthur stated that the mansion of Matthias Green had been built "60 or 70 years ago, before Rocky Beach was a town or had a library". However, in the later book ''Phantom Lake'', William Arden tells of the pirate treasure hidden by Angus Gunn when he settled in Rocky Beach in...1872. While it is true most of the places the boys had to go in the narrative to find out about Laura's surprise were ones that would have existed apart from Rocky Beach (Powder Gulch, Cabrillo Island, Santa Barbara), and it's entirely possible Gunn built his lodge out in what was then virgin countryside, the Ortega stoneyard seems like the sort of place which would require a town of some sort, at least for their main office. There is, however, a possible reconciliation for this discrepancy.[[labelnote:Explanation]]''Green Ghost'' didn't say Rocky Beach didn't exist ''at all'' before 60-70 years ago, just that it wasn't a town and didn't have a library. It could very well have been as small as Powder Gulch, and thus not been officially incorporated, but still had a place like the Ortega stoneyard (a business which a new and growing town would certainly need). It would also still have had a sheriff (to hunt down and kill the Captain and his men, and to investigate Gunn's journal). Also the publication dates of the books shed a little more light--''Green Ghost'' came out in 1965 (thus putting 60 or 70 years ago to right around the turn of the century) while ''Phantom Lake'' came out in 1973. If it is assumed the stories take place in the years they were published (ignoring the fact the boys never age) since the boys spoke of the ''Argyll Queen'' sinking "a hundred years ago", that's an eight-year difference, meaning there's only a gap of about twenty-eight years between Gunn's time and Green's. In that time it's possible Rocky Beach still hadn't grown enough to become a town or have a library, so that Green's mansion could still be isolated out in the wilderness the way it was described in the backstory.[[/labelnote]]

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* SeriesContinuityError: In the early book ''Green Ghost'', Arthur stated that the mansion of Matthias Green had been built "60 or 70 years ago, before Rocky Beach was a town or had a library". library." However, in the later book ''Phantom Lake'', William Arden tells of the pirate treasure hidden by Angus Gunn when he settled in Rocky Beach in...1872. 1872, well before Green's time since the ''Argyll Queen'' was supposed to have sunk "a hundred years ago." While it is true most of the places the boys had to go in the narrative to find out about Laura's surprise were ones that would have existed apart from Rocky Beach (Powder Gulch, Cabrillo Island, Santa Barbara), and it's entirely possible Gunn built his lodge out in what was then virgin countryside, the Ortega stoneyard seems like the sort of place which would require a town of some sort, at least for their main office. There is, however, a possible reconciliation for this discrepancy.[[labelnote:Explanation]]''Green Ghost'' didn't say Rocky Beach didn't exist ''at all'' before 60-70 years ago, just that it wasn't a town and didn't have a library. It could very well have been as small as Powder Gulch, and thus not been officially incorporated, but still had a place like the Ortega stoneyard (a business which a new and growing town would certainly need). It would also still have had a sheriff (to hunt down and kill the Captain and his men, and to investigate Gunn's journal). Also the publication dates of the books shed a little more light--''Green Ghost'' came out in 1965 (thus putting 60 or 70 years ago to right around the turn of the century) century, an appropriate time for Green to have fled China after running his merchant trade there) while ''Phantom Lake'' came out in 1973. If it is assumed the stories take place in the years they were published (ignoring the fact the boys never age) since the boys spoke of the ''Argyll Queen'' sinking "a hundred years ago", age), that's an eight-year difference, meaning there's only a gap of about twenty-eight years between Gunn's time and Green's. In that time it's possible Rocky Beach still hadn't grown enough to become a town or have a library, so that Green's mansion could still be isolated out in the wilderness the way it was described in the backstory.[[/labelnote]]
16th May '16 2:46:30 PM Ingonyama
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* SeriesContinuityError: In the early book ''Green Ghost'', Arthur stated that the mansion of Matthias Green had been built "60 or 70 years ago, before Rocky Beach was a town or had a library". However, in the later book ''Phantom Lake'', William Arden tells of the pirate treasure hidden by Angus Gunn when he settled in Rocky Beach in...1872. While it is true most of the places the boys had to go in the narrative to find out about Laura's surprise were ones that would have existed apart from Rocky Beach (Powder Gulch, Cabrillo Island, Santa Barbara), and it's entirely possible Gunn built his lodge out in what was then virgin countryside, the Ortega stoneyard seems like the sort of place which would require a town of some sort, at least for their main office. There is, however, a possible reconciliation for this discrepancy.[[labelnote:Explanation]]''Green Ghost'' didn't say Rocky Beach didn't exist ''at all'' before 60-70 years ago, just that it wasn't a town and didn't have a library. It could very well have been as small as Powder Gulch, and thus not been officially incorporated, but still had a place like the Ortega stoneyard (a business which a new and growing town would certainly need). It would also still have had a sheriff (to hunt down and kill the Captain and his men, and to investigate Gunn's journal). Also the publication dates of the books shed a little more light--''Green Ghost'' came out in 1965 (thus putting 60 or 70 years ago to right around the turn of the century) while ''Phantom Lake'' came out in 1973. If it is assumed the stories take place in the years they were published (ignoring the fact the boys never age) since the boys spoke of the ''Argyll Queen'' sinking "a hundred years ago", that's an eight-year difference, meaning there's only a gap of about twenty-eight years between Gunn's time and Green's. In that time it's possible Rocky Beach still hadn't grown enough to become a town or have a library, so that Green's mansion could still be isolated out in the wilderness the way it was described in the backstory.[[/labelnote]]
5th Nov '15 10:21:31 AM nombretomado
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** ''Silver Spider'' also contains a religious ShoutOut: in the backstory of Varania's Prince Paul, it's revealed that the reason he made the spider a protected creature (and his personal symbol) was because while fleeing from revolutionaries, he went to hide in an attic, and a spider there formed a web over the door so that when the revolutionaries searched the house, they assumed no one had been in the attic in a long time since they’d have to have torn through the cobweb to get in, and so his life was spared. This is nearly identical to a story about [[Literature/TheBible King Saul and David]], as well as one told of [[TheProphetMuhammad Muhammad]].

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** ''Silver Spider'' also contains a religious ShoutOut: in the backstory of Varania's Prince Paul, it's revealed that the reason he made the spider a protected creature (and his personal symbol) was because while fleeing from revolutionaries, he went to hide in an attic, and a spider there formed a web over the door so that when the revolutionaries searched the house, they assumed no one had been in the attic in a long time since they’d have to have torn through the cobweb to get in, and so his life was spared. This is nearly identical to a story about [[Literature/TheBible King Saul and David]], as well as one told of [[TheProphetMuhammad [[UsefulNotes/TheProphetMuhammad Muhammad]].
5th Sep '15 2:57:07 AM Ingonyama
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** [[PosthumousCharacter Diego Manolos]], ConMan and blackmailer, turned out to be TheManBehindTheMan when it came to manipulating and controlling Ruffino, and his hand could be said to be indirectly behind everything that happened in ''Haunted Mirror''. Manolos, meanwhile, is rather reminiscent of the Spanish word for hand, "manos".

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** [[PosthumousCharacter Diego Manolos]], ConMan and blackmailer, turned out to be TheManBehindTheMan when it came to manipulating and controlling Ruffino, and his hand could be said to be indirectly behind everything that happened in ''Haunted Mirror''. Manolos, meanwhile, is rather reminiscent of the Spanish word for hand, "manos". It is also only one letter away from "Manolo", a common nickname for Manuel which means "God is with Us" (and Diego Manolos certainly acted like a god, playing with people's lives and doing everything he could to gain as much power and riches as he could).
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