All the above is most interesting, and I'll now try and explain how Haddock's arrival in Wadesdah might also be a 'rhetorical device' designed to suggest 'distortion', as its sets off some of the widest spatiotemporal faults
in the corpus...
As you know, Haddock's unseen passage
starts and ends with explicit spatiotemporal data
- an immediate mobilization
- a prolonged absence
- a sudden presence
in Wadesdah (p.54, B2)...
Imho, if this 'unseen passage' is so much noticed and discussed about, it's mainly because it's the most ...'clearly delineated'...
As already said on another thread, space
could stand for an unseen passage's substitutions
, very much space-occupying
sometimes, as shown by Tintin while he was in ...India (The Blue Lotus, p.1, C2 of the B&W edition)
, namely http://www.editorialjuventud.es/img/tintin/84-261-2762-2img2.jpg
could stand for an unseen passage's
, quite time consuming
sometimes, as shown by Tintin's trouble to decipher the strange Morse message during his India-Shanghai own unseen passage
p.19, C2) - because the data have to be put back in their timely
could stand also for discontinuous transmissions
, namely data that have to be ignored when read, or trivial data that have to be 'cross-matched' with other trivial data...
Haddock's speech interruptions
every time he tries to tell Tintin about his presence in Wadesdah (Land of Black Gold
, p.54 C2-4, p.55 B2+C1, p.56 C4 & p.62 C4) could stand for that, imho...
As said in the beginning, all the above goes with various 'spatiotemporal faults', that are magnified a lot:
1 unreal duplications
(such as those found in America, Cigars, Rackham, Crystal, Prisoners, Tibet, Emerald...) occur soon after Abdallah's kidnapping, reportedly committed by 'Bab El Ehr' (p.37, A3):
- the Emir sends 300 horsemen (p.38, C2) on the bandits' tracks, which will anyway lead to his son, wherever is his place of confinement and whoever are the villains (i.e. lead to Wadesdah)...
- Tintin describes this warriors' troop as 'useless' (p.39, A3) and is thus very clairvoyant indeed, as the 300 seem to vanish*
in the desert during their 20 kilometers' ride from the palace to Wadesdah (p.40, B1)...
- the warriors' 'disappearance' is implicitely asserted by Tintin asking the Emir 'to send men to Wadesdah' (p.48, B3)...
- the warriors' duplication
is confirmed by the Emir (p.54, D3) soon after Haddock's arrival, and later seen (p.55, B3)...
2 unreal speeds
(such as those of the 'Puss Moth', 'Pachacamac', 'DC-3', 'Carreidas 160'...):
- though the sand trail & the Emir's car are very fast (p.56, D2) and the distance from the palace to Wadesdah is 20 km only, Haddock needs over two hours' drive to cover the longest part (p.60, C1) of these 20 km, at the unreal speed
of about 5mph, with a car that didn't need any repair even after it was damaged by Tintin's bullets (p.58, A5)...
I doubt Haddock needs much time to change a wheel for a flat tyre (p.58, A5), but who knows?
- Tintin does even worse with the jeep -in good state of repair, as he needs a two hours' drive to drop Muller at the police station + rush with the Thompsons to the hospital, via the smallest part of the 20 km's or 12 miles' distance, at the unreal speed
of about 1mph...
How come? Wherever is their common starting point in the desert, both cars need 2 hours to cover the 12 miles, hence the sum of their respective speeds must be about 6mph...
would the author so systematically and carefully inscribe accurate 'time and space' data that can't fit together?
other unreal speeds
include the Thompsons' too fast
hair growth (p.60, D3) & their too slow
recovery (p.62, B2), whereas Calculus' estimated their hair symptoms would cease rapidly
Haddock's prolonged absence & the magnified spatiotemporal faults
in the Black Gold
could be meant to counterbalance the 'lacking' Indians + unseen transmission system
, both usually clearly delineated in the albums**
with obscure passages & spatiotemporal faults
Such 'lacks' might however just be latent:
- about unseen Indians
: Smith (p.40, A4) & Tintin (p.41, C1!) are 'archeologists' interested in the ancient Middle East civilisations, among them age-old Empires such as Alexander the Great's (B.C.) & the Sassanids' (A.D.), that included part of ...India, namely [/i]Indians[/i], a passion of Professor Paul Cantonneau...
- about unseen transmission system
: an 'unseen passage' (or message) could be as latent as the Indians
in this album; it should be linked with Cantonneau's other passion, namely stars
(see related threads) and might be infered by cross-matching
various 'trivial' internal data
met in the corpus...
in the Soviets
(p.3, C1), 'only' 218 passengers vanish...
such as Cigars, Lotus, Brocken Ear, Unicorn, Flight 714, Emerald, Picaros, etc.
(see other threads)...