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But Byron, Boston is Irish!!!

And just like the Prodigal Son I've returned...


There are these constantly recurring talk tracks within The Secret community. We all know them...the cities are wrong, the verses are paired wrong, your idea is wrong because its method is not represented in the three found puzzles, we're so smart and Byron was bad at puzzles so it's just coincidence. One of my all time favorites is the infamous Boston is Irish rebuttal. As if they one-upped the Ivy League scholar with this trivial bit of information.


Has anyone considered asking why? We have a city which is notorious for being stereotyped as Irish. Why did Byron not choose the obvious? The answer is simple. The immigration tie is important and it will most certainly be represented in some fashion in our final location. However, it was not the core component in the design of the puzzles.


The puzzles were designed around the fairies' most treasured possession, the jewels. Byron extended their data set to include the birth flowers and months/items. Why? Not to reinforce which gem you will receive like so many carry on about. It's because the jewels are at the heart of the puzzle design. Back to Boston. We start with an extremely challenging quote from the letters of Horace Walpole to Horace Mann. "The next Augustan age...". Have you wondered why he choose Horace? To Horace? Perhaps due to the most famous Horace, the Roman poet, Quintus Horatius Flaccus, from the time of Augustus.


Remember how JJP told us Byron was obsessed with the USS Constitution? In August 1812, USS Constitution defeated HMS Guerriere and earned the nickname “Old Ironsides.”* Funny how the Longfellow excerpt referencing Paul Revere gives us 1812 with eighteenth and twelfth stacked in the verse. Revere even provided much of the materials used to build the ship.


Did you know the peridot only occurs in one color? Any ideas on what causes the greenish yellow color? Iron.


And the gladiolus? Its name derives from the Latin word gladius meaning sword. Puopolo died after being stabbed with a knife in 1977. Does this minimize the old world connection? Not at all, the areas all have a heavy tie to the old world group. It is just secondary to the jewel trifecta which is critical to the puzzle design and this is why Boston is Italian. It all begs the question, bad puzzles or misunderstood design?


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John
John
Jan 30

I agree with you. The choice of the peridot as the jewel for Boston as an example. Why peridot? Because it is a variety of olivine and Italians are olive-skinned? Or is there a deeper meaning? Did Byron choose the immigration group and then the jewel or could it have been in fact, the reverse? Is it possible that Byron chose the peridot jewel first for a very specific reason and as an integral part of the larger puzzle and then concocted the Italian/olivine immigration tie subsequent to that? Peridot's high iron content has been alluded to here before. We need to think about what is so special about iron... I have my ideas but you are right...we do need…

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Fenix
Fenix
Feb 07
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Was Revere Italian? I thought he was French. 😁

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John
John
Jan 29

Your comments about the two Horace's are interesting. The connections to Augustus, the Roman gladius and gladiolus flower are well taken. The long stemmed gladiolus flower has much religious significance too. Also, might not the dual reference to Horace also point to the homophone Horus, the Egyptian god who was also worshipped in Roman Egypt? Horus was the god of the sky and as such also considered the god of the sun and the moon. Horus was often depicted as a peregrine falcon. We have a peregrine falcon in the Boston painting. Might there not be a connection to other Egyptian symbolism? The dress on the Boston witch resembles an obelisk with the box and lid suggesting the pyramidion. An…

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Fenix
Fenix
Jan 30
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Hey John - thanks for the comment. Definitely a creative approach. I do want to circle back to the point I was attempting to make here. We are given specific information about each individual puzzle pairing. Old World country, jewel, birth flower, month & month items. I see people on streams speak to Boston and Irish being something Byron overlooked. Byron should have made Boston Irish because it is so Irish. I'm challenging this with the rebuttal of, Old World alone was not his template for creating these puzzles. There were specific reasons he made Boston Italian and they align to this common data he provided. It's very easy to think about the puzzles in the context of what…

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