It’s been a hard day’s night looking for more clues in “S”. I’ve either stumbled onto something interesting, or I need some sleep. You tell me.
On p207, we see that “S” is scratching words into the bulkhead using a nail. He writes one thing, but sees something else when he steps back. Jen comments: “Probably a code in the wall-writing, don’t you think?”
Eric agrees, but also refers to the Paul is Dead conspiracy – that Paul McCartney had died, been replaced with a double (including the famous Abbey Road cover photograph), and the Beatles’ song lyrics were now encoded with clues to this fact. None of this was true, but for a few months in 1969, Beatles’ fans everywhere were scouring lyrics and album covers and photographs for clues. Paul McCartney came back to Life (literally) in November, 1969, in an interview with Life magazine.
So does Eric’s reference mean not to waste our time with the wall-writing? Or is it a tease to look even closer?
A few pages later (p210) in Fn4, we read about the “obvious fake” pirate Covarrubias and how in his Tortugan Journals there is a story about a French barque Belette that sank near Martinique in 1647 but came back to life, “risen like Lazarus,” and was seen in 1683 near Peru.
No, I’m not going to suggest that Belette is a phonetic anagram for Beatle. However, I am going to suggest a different connection.
Belette is French for weasel. What song do we think of when we hear the word weasel? Hint: it goes “pop.”
The Beatles had a radio show that started in 1963 called Pop Goes the Beatles. At the end of each episode, the Beatles would play a rock-and-roll version of Pop Goes the Weasel.
Pop goes my mind.
So then I am drawn back to the chapter title: Sleeping Dog. And, of course, one song pops into my head: Hard Day’s Night, by the Beatles, which is credited to John Lennon and Paul McCartney – the two Beatles that Eric mentions. Here are the first few lines…
It’s been a hard day’s night
And I’ve been working like a dog
It’s been a hard day’s night
I should be sleeping like a log
So he’s been working like a dog, and he should be sleeping, but he’s not – just like the dog in the picture. “S” notices that the dog at first appears to be sleeping, but upon further inspection is awake and looking at something outside the focus of the picture.
I began to wonder if this was just my desperation to find something relevant, so I looked further. If the Belette was really a clue to all of this, then the fact that it sank near Martinique should confirm this.
In 1965, the Beatles filmed their second movie “Help!” in the Bahamas – the last movie they filmed before Paul supposedly died. The filming occurs at The Cafe Martinique. If that doesn’t do it for you, maybe this will. There is a famous photograph of Paul McCartney with his wife Linda on the actual island of Martinique.
Even if this isn’t all crazy and it really is part of the design of “S”, what does it mean? I have a hunch that it points to an overarching story hinted at by the Beatles’ song title and more info in Fn4 and the rest of the chapter, but at this point it’s too small of a piece of the puzzle to try to draw the entire picture.
If you haven’t noticed yet, yes this whole idea is anachronistic to “Ship of Theseus,” so it would have to be a code built on top of SOT by Eric and Jen, who are telling another story – or more of the same story 🙂
I’ll leave you with this as you decide if this idea makes you twist and shout or if you just want to let it be. In December, 1965, Paul McCartney was in a motorcycle accident. He received ghastly gash, requiring stitches in his lip. To hide the wound, he decided to grow a mustache.