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A person is no more and no less
than the story of his passion and deeds.
V.M. Straka

The card pictured above is found between pages 360 and 361. 361=19-squared. The card already struck me as significant. The numerology only adds weight to that.

Important things happen on p361.

  1. Erich Husch reveals that Jean Bernard Desjardins married Signe Rabe in Carcassonne on 12/1/1952. The Church of St. Vincent in Carcassonne is on the Paris Meridian – the Rose Line. Did the wedding take place in this church on the Rose Line?
  2. Jen Heyward reveals that Signe Rabe was born on 11/4/1930 in Perpignan. The Perpignan economy is heavily dependent on the cork oak tree (quercus suber), also known as Sobreiro.
  3. The popular German Carcassonne board game is played by making connections with random tiles in such a way that roads connect to roads, fields connect to fields, and cities connect to cities. In the margins Eric connects Perpignan to Carcassonne, and Signe Rabe to Amarante Durand. This takes us back to the Glass Bead Game concept.
  4. We find in the text that Pfeifer, also known as Governor Nemec, has married a girl named Molyb, short for Molybdena. The atomic number for the element molybdenum is 42. We later discover that Molybdena’s sisters all have names that point to elements and lead to the substance. In LOST, 42 means the meaning of life, as it does in Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Compare this meaning to the quote on the card.
  5. Pfeifer is explaining to S that his life is really the sum of his choices (my paraphrase). This points back to the sentiment in the card.
  6. S. followed the monkey on the bank, carved into the tree, as instructed by Anca, to find the governor. His encounter with Pfeifer is a direct result of him following the monkey.
  7. There is the contrast of the man on the card holding a bird and standing amidst roses and the man Pfeifer/Nemec lying in the roses with the green fly on his nose. Roses are always important symbols to JJ. Abrams and in literature in general. They typically symbolize life, perfection, ultimate meaning, etc.