Seven sins, six frames, five for the two of us...
From Phil and Kenta's translation, you must decode the poem by solving the combinations of numbers that are in the poems. Many of us have attacked the numbers throughout the verses with very little success. I recently landed on a piece of information which made me revisit this "hint". What if instead of focusing on the numbers within the verses, we are intended to solve something within the verses to arrive at a number? All paintings utilize, birthstones, birth flowers, and a number of items to provide a month number. Common sense would tell us if we are looking for a number in the verses, we should match back to these given numbers. Let's pause there for a moment.
Have you ever asked yourself, why Pierre? Maybe it's just me. I admit, I'm no Melville aficionado but there seem to be better choices. Doesn't it feel like even Preiss was hesitant about the decision? There's the spout! A whistle sounds. How do you sound a whistle? Blow! Ah, my bad, that's about a miniature train, right? ...back to the point...While looking into Pierre a bit more, I noticed it was Melville's 7th book. Interesting, seven columns, a ruby, and larkspur all potentially pointing to the 7th month, July, and Preiss chooses to use a quote from Melville's 7th book.
Can this be applied to other verses? I hear the echoes already...how does this apply to the solved puzzles...the solved, errrr found casques...the ones that were, um, dug up. Well, WE KNOW THAT...haha, just kidding, I'm not that guy. Boston - The next Augustan age will dawn on the other side of the Atlantic. There will, perhaps, be a Thucydides at Boston, a Xenophon at New York...Augustan sure lines up. Cleveland - Is it as straight forward as, Socrates, Pindar, Apelles? 3 obvious Greeks.
Chicago - This one seems less straight forward. Is there something we are missing with Joyce's Ulysses? MRL - Emerald? It is a form of B-eryl. Or were we to notice the fairy in the painting resembles Grant on the $50? L does appear on the $5.
OBX - The Wright brothers inscription is in reference to the 1st flight. I have ideas on the others but I'm sure the above is enough examples to convey the thought process. It does seem difficult, needing to solve or identify something in the verse associated to a month/number. I'm not sure...maybe? Let's just stick to finding the image matches in these paintings, k? Till next time...
The seventh month you keep...You stay...For six days and the seventh day you'll leave