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Castafiore's Emerald: time between the robbery and departure?

#1 · Posted: 15 Jun 2005 17:26
What is the amount of time elapsed between the Emerald's real robbery and the unseen departure of the Romanies* from Marlinspike Hall's meadow ?

* a sanskrit rendering for 'untouchable'; the Romanies came from NW India to Europe from the 9th century AD onwards...
#2 · Posted: 15 Jun 2005 21:50
If I may put forward a slightly different slant to the sanskrit Romanies, as a descendant of Romanies myself, Dom is thought to be the origin of Rom, an Indian word originally meaning 'man' (though also referring to a caste, which connects with your sanskrit word). The D was pronounced with the tongue turned upwards, and it became Rom, which is how many European Romanies refer to themselves. But some of this is theory only.

Please forgive me, yamilah.. back to the question of time, Emeralds and Indian travellers...
#3 · Posted: 15 Jun 2005 22:17 · Edited by: Admin
tybaltstone wrote:Dom (...) became Rom

Yours is an interesting comment about how a 'tongue barrier' can modify a word's understanding & spelling, and thus 'distort' it...

EDIT: Posted: Jun 23, 2005 11:49:27

The question was tricky, for it has a double answer: the elapsed time can either be 0 day, or 1 day...

How come? For the readers who never heard of the book, here are the detailed answer's data:

On the very robbery's day, Tintin and the Thompsons walk to the meadow and notice the Romanies are gone (The Castafiore Emerald, p.47, frame 9)...
Later, during the Super-Calcacolor experience, the TV news say the Romanies have gone the day after the robbery (p.49, frame 13)...

Romanies that are unseen & seen at the same place at the same time match with the other spatiotemporal faults already noticed in the corpus:
These faults occur everytime Indians (here Romanies) and unseen transmission systems (here Calcacolor) are around, as well as obscure passages (here distorted sound and TV image) and/or a language barrier causing a delay (here Italian 'Gazza Ladra' finally gives Tintin a clue that'll take him to the magpie's nest)...
(please see other related threads too)

[Edited by Admin. Combined 2 consecutive posts.]

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