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Nathan Summers

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Subj: Neil Gaiman's Murder Mysteries
Posted: Sat Jan 19, 2019 at 11:29:14 pm CST (Viewed 266 times)

Upon recently re-reading this short story, I wondered if the greatest unsolved mystery is instead the identity of Susan's father, and the involvement of Tink's flatmate, Dorothy who is described as "short" in the written text (seeming to echo the description for Phanuel i.e. "small, for an angel").

Was Dorothy, whose name means "Gift of God" hiding/ protecting/ acting as a warden for Tink, and her "secret", in LA (the City of Angels)?

Tink's secret seems to lie with her daughter Susan. Tink does not appear to care too much for the narrator, although Dorothy harps on about her being excited to see him. That is, Tink makes up an excuse for not being able to sleep with the narrator (blood) and washes her mouth out directly after having pleasured him. Is she in love with someone else, albeit a little lonely and desperate now?

Susan, her daughter, has long locks of curly hair, referred to as very beautiful and taking after her father. Tink seems to speak fondly of the father, indicating that his absence from her family's life is due to some "blocking" factor. The only other character who is described as beautiful in the story is Lucifer (hmm).

There are two other highlighted gaps in the story, which is where the narrator's memory betrays him, as it is later taken away, as seeming "thanks" from Raguel.

The first is when Dorothy drops him off, whereas the second is where he is taken back to the place he was staying. Dorothy hints at the narrator's potential as a serial killer, and then exits the scene shortly after. We have no idea where Dorothy leaves to, though it is probably to give the "couple" some time alone.

After the visit is over, did Dorothy/Phanuel re-enter and give the narrator another ride?

Neil has told us that there are four obvious murders. These would seem to be:
>Saraquael murdered Carasel
>Raguel murdered Saraquael (vengeance)
>The Narrator murdered Tink and young Susan (also in vengeance)

However, on his flight home the narrator reads a report in the L.A. times of a triple murder, of two women and a small child. That would suggest Dorothy was murdered too but that makes five obvious murders, not four as Neil suggested.

What is going on? Some further points for when considering:
1. Raguel's story begins in a silver cell, and the narrator's story ends in one (the airport elevator). The narrator "felt very sexless", and a point made by Raguel to highlight that angels have no sex. Tink's child Susan had a picture of 'winged fairies and little palaces' which echoes the angels in their Silver City. During flashback, the narrator remembers 'a scribbled drawing of two angels in flight above a perfect city' with bloody handprints. Again, like the angels and the city, but perhaps a clue the narrator committed the murder he reads in the L.A. Times report.
2. Tink is referred to as being short for Tinkerbell, a faerie (faerie=angel). When he met her, she was the most beautiful woman he'd seen (angelic) with very white skin (angelic). Her kid is 'very beautiful' like 'her father'. She is no longer in love with the narrator. He can no longer have her, not even for a one night stand because she's having her period (blood).
3. Saraquael's speech about why he killed Carasel is about no longer being able to have Carasel, it's no longer being interested, and if he couldn't have Carasel, no one could.
4. Zephkiel (God) talks about forgetfulness, which ties into the narrator again ('forgetfulness can sometimes bring freedom of a sort').
5. The angel chose to remember, even though he could never talk about it to another angel (this would seem to be a clue that the narrator is not an angel).
6. The kiss took something away from the narrator, but he doesn't know what. He doesn't get any flashbacks until after this, so maybe his forgetfulness is taken away??
7. Although Raguel is an avenging angel, it never says outright that he gives a punishment to the narrator. But perhaps by giving him some memories back, he takes away his freedom of forgetfulness?
8. We assume the narrator is the killer because of the flashbacks, the killing of 2 women and a kid (Tink, Susan, and Dorothy (the ride); the kid's drawings are the same; the narrator's crotch was uncomfortable (which would suggest a recollection of the rape).
9. The narrator is again likened to an angel while on the plane (imagining the clouds have the perfect city) and by his ending up in the silver cell (stuck in the airport elevator). He was used somehow, and when he isn't needed, he goes back to wait until he's needed again...

Read more of my theorising here:) http://fanfix.wordpress.com
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