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    Default Rusful's Grotto may be on Long Island

    Here is my theory so far for Rusful's grotto illustration on page 80. I see 5 large black numbers on the wall to the left of Rusful's belt:

    (EDITED by the administration - Sorry, images from the book infringe on copyright laws. )

    From left to right, I see 1-4-9-1-1. I am thinking zip code. But that is not a valid zip code, but if read backwards it is. The reflection of Rusful's image in the water hints at the need to read the numbers in reverse, so the number becomes 11941. The zip code 11941 is in Suffolk county on Long Island. Here is a map of 11941:

    To me, that looks very similar to the water pattern on the grotto floor.
    Now Rusful, the blight-spreader, had a habit of poisoning his surroundings. This zip code area is bordering the Grumman Naval Weapons Industrial Reserve Plant at Calverton. Toxic waste was stored underground at this facility. Do a google search and you will see reports of years of toxic waste spills and groundwater contamination. This clue is in keeping with the environmentally-aware themes of ATT. And this area is near to the author's home, so it may be an environmental issue he wishes to call public attention to with the finding of the token.

    As someone pointed out in another thread, Rusful is given a peculiar description. Maybe the descriptions of Rusful are a metaphor for a poisoned river. Think about it. The book has a heavy environmental theme. Rusful is a blight-spreader who poisons everything he touches. He himself was "contaminated" by his own dust. Imagine describing a poluted river as "gray, grasping, yellow fingers, taciturn, awkward arms, skewed legs, misshapen body, limbs jut out". It reaches out and poisons the forest through which it flows.

    There are several arrows in this illustration which support the idea that the grotto is a map. Perhaps they refer to local land features? I don't know.

    -Rusty

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    I like your thoughts.



    Rats...I was just there on a biz trip!!

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    GREAT WORK.
    My guess is that you have found a location for Pook since this page is
    not associated with an insect (that I know of).

    I think you now need help from a fairy to show you "where to go" to
    an exact location on your map.

    Also I think you followed a good procedure--
    1. Find some numbers
    2. use the numbers to get a name
    3. get a map
    Get some help from the fairies.

    I hope you find a token.

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    Thanks much.

    I would love to push this idea further. Any ideas out there about those arrows?

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    If you don't mind guesses here are mine--

    I do think the picture looks like your map. The most important arrow
    to me also appears to be the one corresponding to were the fairy on
    page 78 is pointing. I think the vine in this picture, which looks like
    a "P", somehow lines up with your map.

    My guess is there are more clues on this vine if you start counting things
    like how many leaves are connected to blue blossoms.

    Also at the location, look for a statue of a "HERO", clue from page 63,
    and of course a TREE'S HOLE.

    There are probably more clues in Pooks picture on page 93.

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    How about the arrows on page 80?

    It's not a place, it's a yearning. It's not a race, it's a journey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rdshackleford
    How about the arrows on page 80?
    Perhaps the arrows are formed by important road crossings on your
    area map.

    I would feel remiss if I did not point out that the puddle on page 80 also
    looks a lot like the Chesapeake Bay. I am an (ineligible) Marylander.

    However I still think your map is correct because the circles to the left of Rusful's legs look so much like the streets at this corresponding spot on your map.
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    That is a nice idea quiltcat6. I can kindof maybe see that. Cool.

    Another thing I noticed is that each branch of the puddle in which Rusful is standing is being fed by a pot or broken bottle. I think this totally fits in the poisoned stream (master rusful => sulfur stream) idea. To me, this illustration is totally about environmentalism and poluted waters.

    Not that this area is the most polluted area in NY. But, maybe it has some personal significance to the author? Or, maybe he thought it would be a nice place to take the family and look for a token?

    The one little curvy arrow bugs me. The one that makes the handle for the small pot at the base of the big pot. It looks like it is saying "go around", or maybe "go up and over".

    Maybe this arrow is saying to cross the bay via the bridge. Or maybe it means to go around the top of the bay.

    It's not a place, it's a yearning. It's not a race, it's a journey.

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    Default Words in rocks

    Rdshackleford, turn the book upside down. There appears to be words in the rocks. Hope it helps you. Near the area where you are looking upside down and to the right of Rusful, looks like the word "nary". Also, turn the book upside down and look at Rusful's legs where his legs meet with his robe. It looks like a W or M, but there are two colors, so it was hard to see.

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    One more thing...when reading the story, I kept thinking of all the black debri that was floating at the base of Niagra Falls. It was disgusting. The description of the Grotto reminded me of the Falls.

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