September 22, 2006
Adrienne's Quote Commentary on "The Murder's in the Rue Morgue"
"In investigations such as we are now pursuing, it should not be so much asked 'what has occurred,' as 'what has occurred that has never occurred before.' In fact, the facility with which I shall arrive, or have arrived, at the solution of this mystery, is in the direct ratio of it's apparent insolubility in the eyes of the police." (pg 414)
From this quote Dupin sets up the idea that the outcome of this mystery is not something of the norm. Instead of simply looking at what has occurred in the Rue Morgue, he points out that one must notice "the firsts," in a sense. By using such phrases as "never occur" and "insolubility" he prepares the reader for an outlandish outcome of this mystery. This is also reiterated when he speaks of the insolubility of the police, basically stating that this mystery if outside of the normal scope of the police, which opens the door for one to consider more than just humans as the culprit.