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September 22, 2006

Quote Commentary on "William Wilson"

Kristine Park
CompLit 240 Section 003

"And was it only fancy which induced me to believe that, with the increase of my own firmness, that of my tormentor underwent a proportional diminution? Be this as it may, I now began to feel inspiration of a burning hope, and at length nurtured in my secret thoughts a stern and desperate resolution that I would submit no longer to be enslaved."

Page 355, "William Wilson"

Here William Wilson feels a small sense of power. He has found a method to overthrow the second William Wilson. He no longer wants to be under William II's reign. William is controlled by William II's low whispers and irritating pieces of advice. There is a power struggle happening. William tries to look at the situation logically and mathematically. As he increases, perhaps William II will decrease. This is defnitely about a battle raging from inside. It is amazing to see how a fight with oneself can be so fierce and effective at degrading the state of mind.


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September 21, 2006

Kathleen's Quote Commentary on Poe

Kathleen Wright
CompLit 240, Section 003

"He makes in silence, a host of observations and inferences. So, perhaps, do his companions; and the difference in the extent of the information obtained lies not so much in the validity of the inference as in the quality of the observation."
Poe's "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" (Pg. 399)

Dupin's detective style is marked by a multitude, or host, of close observations of the situation at hand. Of course, the police are also making several observations, but they are concluding with induction by broad assumptions, rather than deduction. Dupin's observations are sound, seeing the whole picture- what appears to be there and what really is there. This is what causes him to see such detail as the broken nail, which was easily overlooked by the police investigation. Silence is another key factor as Dupin takes time to absorb the situation, using all his senses to solve the mystery. This quote is the key to solving the murders but also to figuring out life, one situation at a time.

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Kathleen's Practice Quote Commentary

CompLit240 Section 003
"The Murders in the Rue Morgue"
Edgar Allen Poe

"He makes, in silence, a host of observations and inferences. So, perhaps, do his companions; and the difference in th extent of the information obtained lies not so much in the calidity of the inference as in the quality of the observation." (Pg. 399)

This quote struck me in that it is not only the key to solving the mystery at hand, but the key to figuring out life, one situation at a time. This 'seeing of things' is Dupin's detective style. His keen power of observation of the whole picture is what enables him to see what others do not. By not making broad inferences he is able to discover the details, such as the broken nail, or the "mysterious voice." The police were unable to solve because they made assumptions on how things seemed- such as the nail looked the same, or ignoring the clue about the voices. This is a great example of appearance verses reality and how important it is to really learn to see, both what is in front of us, and what is beyond the fascade.

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September 20, 2006

Katie's Quote Commentary

The Murders in the Rue Morgue

“The depth lies in the valleys where we seek her, and not upon the mountain-tops where she is found. The modes and sources of this kind of error are well typified in the contemplation of the heavenly bodies.?

This quote from the reading first caught my attention because of it its profound nature and talk of “heavenly bodies,? but after looking into the quote a little further it can be seen that the meaning behind it actually does a very good job of summing up the theme of the entire story. “Depth lies…where we seek her not…where she is found,? meaning that truth can not just be stumbled upon, but must be sought out and investigated. In the context of the story, I believe that this quote is preparing readers for the fact that finding the murderer may not be as straightforward as simply seeing the evidence and forming a suspect. Furthermore, the second sentence implies that one must look past what they initially believe, hence the use of “heavenly bodies? and see what may lie beyond appearance. Instead of just seeing what is visible, one must actually “seek? what is actually there, for example, the nail in the window.

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September 19, 2006

Julie's Quote Commentary on "The Murders in the Rue Morgue"

Julia Broadway, Section 003, CompLit 240

“We existed within ourselves alone.

It was a freak of fancy in my friend to be enamored of the Night for her own sake; and into this bizarrerie, as into all his others, I quietly fell; giving myself up to his wild whims with a perfect abandon. The sable divinity would not herself dwell with us always; but we could counterfeit her presence." Page 401.

I think that this quote and the paragraph from which it hails do a very nice job of establishing the relationship between the narrator and Dupin. It shows what a powerful personality Dupin is- even his "freak[s] of fancy" can inspire and influence his friend. The narrator speaks of counterfeiting the presence of Night- something which cloaks and conceals us from the rest of the world. When he is with Dupin, the rest of the world falls away, hidden behind a veil like the veil of Night's darkness. They have no need for anyone else's company- they exist "within ourselves alone".

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September 18, 2006

Kristine's Quote Commentary on "The Murders in the Rue Morgue"

Kristine Park
CompLit 240 Section 003
"He impaired his vision by holding the object too close. He might see, perhaps, one or two points with unusual clearness, but in doing so he, necessarily, lost sight of the matter as a whole. Thus there is such a thing as being too profound."
-"The Murders in the Rue Morgue" Edgar Allan Poe pg.412

When investigating a problem, one must focus on the problem. However, the problem will not be easily solved if only one aspect of it is focused on with intense concentration. This quote illustrates this clearly. Although he knows some parts with great clarity, he does not see the whole as clearly. When Dupin from “The Murders in the Rue Morgue? and Poirot from The Murder of Roger Ackroyd analyze a problem, they are very good at observing; they know what to observe in the situation. But it does not mean they focus on just one observation; they are able to see clearly on all components of the problem.
By saying “thus there is such a thing as being too profound,? it is made known that simplicity has value in seemingly unsolvable problems. Poirot and Dupin definitely demonstrate that through their odd talent of solving problems.

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Georgiana's Quote Commentary

Georgiana Baciu
Comp Lit 240 Section 003 F06

Text: The Murders in the Rue Morgue
Page # 401
Quote: “It was a freak of fancy in my friend to be enamored of the Night for her own sake; and into this bizarrerie, as into all his others, I quietly fell; giving myself up to his wild whims with a perfect abandon. The sable divinity would not herself dwell with us always; but we could counterfeit her presence."

I found this quote to be one of the most beautiful of them all. The narrator explains, or rather, divulges into his subtle love and pleasure that he gets from being around Dupin, and around Dupin’s bizarreries. In the beginning of the quote, it would only make sense to compare Dupin’s skills and talents with that of the Night, a mysterious and secretive environment. He allows the reader to see his vulnerability, his utter immersion in Dupin’s way of doing things. At the end of the quote, he speaks of himself and his friend as a team, one that would one day put together the pieces of the most intricate puzzle.

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