Parlez wrote:gemini wrote:This mystery is considered insoluble for the very same reasons that should lead one to consider it soluble
I don't know if I am correct but I will go with my gut feeling. I remember there can be no wrong answers in ONBC, only opinions.
I think this means something like if you follow the rules you will succeed. Here the rules seem to be playing the game correctly. For Corso it is following the clues and using his literary knowledge to find the way. He knows there are no shortcuts and he must have every clue to succeed where others have failed.
In Poe's, The Murder In The Rue Morgue, the rules were in following all the correct leads to solve a mystery even though they seem to not be incorrect at the time you must persist to find the truth.
For Corso it is using all his past literacy knowledge to see the whole picture and the clues he finds finds in the 3 copies of the Nine Doors and the the Anjou wine. The fact that they seem unbeleivable at times seems only to lead him on.
If I'm following your logic correctly (and I'll be the first to put a big question mark there), the essence of Poe's statement is that there are no mysteries. If a mystery appears to be insoluble you just need more data, more information, more frames of reference, more anaylses, and more creative, out-of-the-box, thinking in order to solve it. So far so good. But I don't see how that worked for Corso. His never really hopped out of his brain box did he? He assumed he was following the rules, and he tried like heck to make all the data fit into his orderly, familiar (albeit convolutedly intertextual), literary world, but in the end it didn't work and he was left in a hopeless muddle.
Yes Parlez, you are following my logic correctly except where we find Corso at the end. I am afraid discussing the end may be getting ahead of our discussion but....
I think what we don't see the same is the end. You see him in a befuddled mess and I see him taking the step he was considering all along. He realized how everything fit and felt he had followed all the clues and was taking the final step. I know that most of us wouldn't think what he was doing was the right step but he did find everything he looked for and was even more thorough than his boss.