theresa wrote:DeppInTheHeartOfTexas wrote:I've had many theories about this and they change, sometimes hourly. Here is my current one...
At the beginning, before the Crawleys contacted Scientific American, Mina may have had some sort of minor psychic ability that they played around with during the parlor seances with friends, etc. Then Conan Doyle got involved and the Scientific American investigation began and Arthur got a taste of fame, which fueled his immense ego. After that, I think whatever abilities she may have had were exagerrated and "enhanced" using trickery mostly at Arthur's doing, hence the drugs, etc. I don't think Stanlowe was the accomplice but I wouldn't rule out Pike, I think the Tagalog is a big clue here. I think Stanlowe knew that Mina was under Creepy Crawley's control and he was unable to help her which caused his misery. I also believe that Mina's message about the Archer is meant to make us believe that she did have some psychic ability.
DITHOT -- your current theory is pretty much the conclusion that I came to. The only thing different is that I think that Mina had Arthur fooled too, because I think he actually believed in Walter.
Thanks a bunch, Liz and DITHOT -- for taking us on this wild ride this past month. It's been a blast!
theresa, you have a good point there because Arthur was certainly fearful of Walter which is the hole in my theory that Arthur and Mina were behind it all. So what else is new with this discussion? All our theories end up with holes, don't they! However, I suppose Arthur could have been faking his fear for the sake of the committee but the way Gangemi wrote it, the fear seemed real.