Headscratchers / Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

  • How exactly does the time travelling work in this book?
    • More specifically, if all the children leave Miss Peregrine's Home on the morning of September 4th, 1940, why haven't they run into Abraham Portman yet and why didn't everyone know that the kids had left in the modern times when Jacob first came to the island?
    • I think because Abraham was no longer inside the loop to leave the loop, they don't see him outside it when they leave at the end of the book. I mean, within the constraints of the time loop, the kids are still aware of "the next day" and they can do different things everyday unlike the regular people on the island, so they aren't looping, technically, so I figure Abraham doesn't, either. Maybe there's some weird Timey-Wimey effect that makes you immune to that sort of thing after you've lived in a loop, aware of the loop. Of course Abraham could be out there, they just don't run into him.
    • Also, they left in the dead of night, to make sure no one knew.
      • And they left by way of some rowboats, from a little-used part of the island. Abe walked right through town and caught the ferry over, so took off from another part of the island and probably went to another part of Britain.
  • If Millard is invisible, then why wasn't his blood invisible when he was shot?
    • Only things inside his skin and his hairs are invisible. We don't see the food that he eats after it enters his mouth.
      • Unless he chews with his mouth open, which further proves the point.
  • how did Enoch discover his power? was he just randomly shoving hearts in to dead people?
    • Based on the movie, "peculiarities" somehow run in the family. Bother and sister sharing exceptional strength, the twins being whatever-they-are, granfather and grandson having a second sight. So, it's possible that one of Enoch's parents was peculiar too. And running a funeral's home. Sleep tight.
  • And why did he shout "rise dead-man" when he was raising martin its obviously unnecessary because he doesn't do it in the 2nd book
    • Dramatic effect...
  • What was even the purpose of the wights in making ambrosia anyway? I mean, I get that they were experimenting on peculiar soul extraction, but why give it to the peculiars living outside of their fort? Why didn't they just dump it or something?
    • It was all for learning how to impart soul and, therefore, powers, to new owners, which was how Caul ultimately intended on ruling peculiardom.
      • Also, they made and spreaded a drug to assure their control over the people nearby.
  • At the climax of Library of Souls, an epic kaiju battle destroys said library, where all Peculiar souls return upon death. Without that library, what's going to happen to the souls of Peculiars who die after that? Will their powers just disappear into the ether and eventually lead to the end of Peculiardom?
    • Wasn't the idea that peculiar souls were finite and needed to be returned to the library really more of an old superstition than anything else? There isn't really anything in the book to suggest that it was true. Besides, souls didn't go there automatically; dying peculiars had to travel there in person to "deposit" them. Considering that the loop with the library in it had been lost for ages before Library of Souls, and that there were still plenty of peculiars still alive, it's safe to say peculiardom is probably fine.
  • Can Bentham shapeshift into a bird like his siblings? If not, what is his peculiarity?
  • Specific to the film (haven't read the book), but how exactly does killing Baron in 2016 save Abraham's life? It's said that killing Baron prevents the experiment that created the Hollows in the first place thus meaning Abraham can't be killed by one, but the Baron they kill isn't the "early" Baron who was preparing the original experiment, it's the Baron who, in his own timeline, has already carried out the experiment, created the hollows, killed Abe and is now prepping the next experiment. And what's more, they kill him in 2016, admittedly about a month or so before Abe dies, but that shouldn't matter given the linear experience of Baron and Jake themselves. On top of this at the end, after killing Baron, they explicitly mention the hollows as still being a threat, even though the only reason Abe is now alive (which he is) is because the hollows now apparently never existed. Have I missed something really obvious with the time travel here because it's kind of breaking my mind.
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