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Free Study Guide for The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

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THE WESTING GAME STUDY GUIDE / SUMMARY

IMPORTANT QUOTATIONS - QUOTES AND ANALYSIS (continued)

Yet another example of the outrageous interpretations the heirs place on their clues is committed by Theo Theodorakis:

By changing for and thee to the numbers four and three, Theo was able to arrange the clues into a formula (whether or not it was a chemical solution, let alone the Westing solution, was another matter).

N H(IS) FOR NO THEE (TO) = NH4NO3

But four clue letters were left out: isto, osit, itso, otis OTIS! He had it: a formula for an explosive, and the name of the murderer! He had to tell Doug. (102)

No longer limited to wordplay, there is now the search for a chemical formula, with the remaining words leading again to Otis Amber.

The interactions of the different players in the game lead to some interesting character portraits. Below, Christos Theodorakis meets Flora Baumbach and makes the following observations about her:

Then Flora Baumbach came to see him. He wasn't nervous at all with that nice lady. She smiles that funny smile because she's sad inside. She once had a daughter named Rosalie. She told him how Rosalie would sit in the shop and say hello to the customers, and how she would feel the fabrics. Mrs. Baumbach made wedding dresses, which are mostly white, so she bought samples of material with bright colors and patterns because Rosalie loved colors best. Rosalie had 573 different swatches in her collection before she died. Mrs. Baumbach said .........

 

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