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The Rabbit's foot chuckle aka Analysis on Eddie's personality


Here is my analysis on Eddie's personality. Any input is welcome.

The 'now' I speak of below is the moment just before The Event.


Occupation

- ex military, reporter, spy (?), private eye

He was in the army, and most likely in a war. Maybe WWII, the Korean war or Lebanon crisis. This I base on his stance in the show and the how he talks matter-of-factly. Most likely he was an officer, not too high in the command chain, though.

Also, he is missing an eye. Could have happened somewhere else too, but war is safest bet.

He might have been a war correspondant. Perhaps he was a reporter before war and now he has resumed his reporter duties.

Reporters travel a lot, hence he is in a motel. He travels with a typewriter, that has been used. It´s position near the desk also suggest he has just used it or is about to use it.

The lack of paper near the desk counteracts this though. If he has used all his papers there should be a wrapper in the bin. Perhaps he forgot to take paper with him?

He also has binoculars. The absense of the hat might also be a proof he is a reporter, as reporters used to wear their reporter ID in the strap of the hat. Perhaps Eddie disposed the hat after meeting Mabel because it showed his name and he felt he had lost his identity.

He also travels with a camera.

Although, the slide-ruler suggest he plays with numbers... which would suggest he is an industrial spy of sorts or does sports (etc) analysis. Maybe something else?

The lack of sports-related items counteracts the latter, he would have at least some sport magazine (unless he replaced that with The Life Magazine).

It is also possible that perhaps he did not actually like his job as a sports-analyst/reporter and that would explain why he did not have any resourcematerial with him.

Anyways being a reporter, traveling writer also would explain The Pencil, a pencil would mean income to a person who writes for a living.

Religion

- abdicate christian

I think it's safe to assume Eddie used to be christian, but has lost his religion at some point. Did it happen during war or was The Event his ruin?

I do not think Eddie was catholic, perhaps methodist.

Personal tastes

- serious, cynical, simple practicality, sentimental
- smoker, likes to gamble (?), does not spit in the glass
- enjoys music, plays harmonica
- well-groomed, deep sense of duty
- well-prepared, circumspect, takes no risks
- poor-sighted, educated, reads and writes a lot
- perfectionist (?)

Eddie's posessions are all very post-war, common looking items in the 50's and 60's. But they all are similar in the sense of seriousness and style.

There were a great deal of fun options available because the WW II had ended, but Eddie chose to carry boring items with him. Perhaps the seriousnes came from experiencing the war, perhaps he thought silly items were for women and children.

There is, although, one single item that diverses from the others: The Rabbit's Foot

This puzzles me. We find the Rabbit's Foot in the Vault, unattached to anything. It is obviously very easy to remove because of it's chain, so we do not know where it was attached to.

I do not think it was on his home keys. His home keys are missing. Why remove the Rabbit's Foot from the keys and then dispose the keys?

There are three reasons I can think of:

a) either someone else put the Rabbit's Foot on his keychain, and he removed it after leaving home, not believing in good luck

OR

b) the Rabbit's Foot had a deep meaning to him, so he had to take the Rabbit's Foot off of the keys before disposing the keys

(but why on earth would anyone dispose his home keys.... until it was an emotional outburst after learning he does not exist in the world anymore and he ritually disposed all items marking him a person)... but why STILL keep the Rabbit's Foot?

If he had learned how to dispose his ID items, why not dispose the Rabbit's Foot too? We learn it is a dangerous one, so he had all reasons to get rid of it.

I can think only two whys: 1) it has sentimental value 2) he believes in it.

I am going for option 1.

OR

C) The Rabbit's Foot was never attached to his keys. It is possible it was attached to his suitcase, for easy identification thus the Rabbit's Foot might not have any personal meaning to him.

BUT as it seems, items tend to have powers the consensus of people has created; common lore, idioms etc. THUS the potence of Rabbit's Foot.

But is it the concencus of people, or is it the personal beliefs of Eddie?

One more option why there is a Rabbit's Foot item: maybe it is a replacement to something else.

The Deck of Cards
The deck of cards is unopened. I can see two reasons for this

a) he bought it to entertain himself during solitary hours, waiting something to happen, and never got to it

b) he likes to gamble and he always carry a fresh deck with him, so he does not have to worry someone else's cards are marked, or to proof his cards are not marked.

Frankly, the latter option is much more interesting

What comes to the leather coverlet of the deck, I am sure it is later applied by the Order, because the cards are so potent.

The Wedding Photo undoubtedly prooves Eddie is very sentimental person. He allowed the photo to come through his safe area in the asylum. The fact he carries one with him when he travels is a great show of him valuing sentiments.

The Flask suggests Eddie drinks alcohol. Perhaps memories of war haunt him. He does not seem the type that overdrinks, though. One single flask and no liquor bottle in the set. The initials of someone else on the flask suggest the flask is also a sentimental item. Perhaps it belong to his father?

There were not many flea-markets back then, and I do not think Eddie would have bought an used flask anyways. Also it is a way too decorated for his tastes, if he had bought it himself, it would be much simpler in deco.

But the flask is an utility item, one does not carry it with you just because of sentimental values. So, I belive Eddie also used it.

The Watchbox is most curious thing of his posessions; we know The Wristwatch is a D-I-Y one, which do not come in boxes. This means the box is aquired to either to protect the watch during travel or it was meant to be a gift to someone. Perhaps he made the watch during the war and was planning to give it to his father. But perhaps his father died just before Eddie was able to come home. That would also explain the flask -the sentimentality of the two, perhaps even the Pocket Knife was his father's. As we know there is a mental link with the knife and the watch. It would be a safe bet to assume the knife was given to him as a gift by his father (when Eddie was a boy)... that would made the bond between the two gifts a solid and bidirectional one.

Who knows, perhaps his father died from drinking... suffocating, drowning? This would explain The Flask's power.

The Harmonica and The Transistor Radio prooves Eddie enjoyes music and can play himself.

The Grooming Kit and Toiletry proove Eddie is somewhat keen about appearances, perhaps it´s military training perhaps his father taught it, but for Eddie it is important to maintain oneself and one's attire. This also prooves he has eye for detail and deep sense of duty.

There are however a few items in the set, that do not make sense and are debated whether they belong to Eddie or are left behind by the janitor:
The Flashlight, The Hammer

If they DO belong to Eddie, then they somewhat change the what Eddie is. I cannot find a reason why a reporter would have these items with him. Only a criminal or a spy would need a hammer upon his travels. A hammer also weighs a lot, so one does not take one without needing it.

But I really think these are left by the janitor in the utility room. The Scissors though I can believe one takes with when traveling, to be well prepared for many situations. Which results me thinking Eddie was an intelligent, circumspect and careful. One does not bring household scissors without thinking step-ahead.

The Magnifying Glass
We already know Eddie is poor-sighted. Bringing a magnifying glass with means Eddie reads a lot. We already know he writes a lot, too. His profile suggests he reads mostly factual texts, magazines, news and study-books. I do not see Eddie a person that reads novels.

The magnifying glass could also suggest he studies the photos he has taken carefully with scrutiny, perhaps he is perfectionist. It is also possible, that he does do spy work, checking faces on the photos he´d taken earlier on a look-out. Or planning his article and checking the results of a sports event for quick reference. Who knows.

Last edited by Cattrina, 7/30/2012, 2:01 pm


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What do you think?

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Re: The Rabbit's foot chuckle aka Analysis on Eddie's personality


I love the theory that Eddie was a reporter of some sort, mostly because it makes a ton of sense.

I myself felt that if he wasn't a reporter that he could have been a private detective. His time at the motel could have been part of a larger investigation.

If he was injured in WWII, and if he was as you note "sentimental", did he carry his purple heart with him as a reminder?

With the Typewriter, don't assume that he didn't have paper. Given that several important Objects are never clearly seen within the room (the Deck of Cards and the Watch Box for example) doesn't mean that they weren't there.

The idea that Eddie might have destroyed his identification himself is a great one and would explain why it'd never been found. Funny when you think that someone out there is wondering why their old credit card broke their shredder. XD
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Fair speculation. Intriguing.

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Ah the private investigator! Gotta add that one!

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