The Hat Man – Night Hours, Part Two

“It’s my house. I can lie in my house if I want to. I can run around in the nude yelling hallelujahs if I so desire.”

If there’s one thing Candy can’t stand, its liars. Especially those who defend their right to lie, like Kaspar Wolfswinkel says in the above quote.

The first interaction Candy has with evil, discounting Mendelson Shape because he loses her quite fast, is with a man named Kaspar Wolfswinkel. He is a short man in a bright yellow suit who wears many hats on his head. Candy first goes to him thinking he will protect her from a tribe of feral cats. But as she learns on the inside of the house, the cats were trying to protect her from Kaspar. Evil is still a relative term this early in the story, but based on Kaspar’s acts in the few chapters we see of him he definitely fits the parameters.

He is a vile man. He constantly drinks rum. He keeps a slave that he “bought in an honest transaction.” He also killed his friends in order to harness their power for himself, the source of which is their hats. This explains the ridiculous hats that sit on his head, but not why he wears a bright yellow suit, interestingly. He must simply like the color yellow.

Kaspar is an important step in Candy’s journey, if a rather unpleasant one. In Kaspar’s house she first meets Malingo, an orange creature called a Geshrat. Malingo is treated very cruelly by Kaspar, and is often reminded of how low Geshrats supposedly are. Not much is known about Geshrats, but they seem to be looked down upon by many people in the islands. Jimothi Tarrie, a nice character on the same island as Kaspar, seems surprised that a Geshrat is able to use magic. Kaspar bought Malingo from Malingo’s father, which tells a little about slave practices in the Abarat. It also shows what kind of person Kaspar is.

But in the grand scheme of things, Kaspar is a small character, or so says Jimothi Tarrie. He is a sad, pitiful character who drinks his misery and beats slaves to feel better about himself. From his first appearance in the book to his last, we are meant to hate Kaspar. And we are fools when we think seeing Malingo and Candy fly away from his island is the last we see of Ol’ Banana Suit, as Candy refers to him as.

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The Cat Man – Night Hours, Part One

“Darkness has always had its part to play. Without it, how would we know when we walked in the light?”

These words spoken by Jimothi Tarrie, a feline humanoid, to Candy Quackenbush when discussing the possible fate of the Abarat as tensions and talks of war brew. His words are very wise when it comes to the big picture in the books. The Island of Gorgossium at Midnight is known for its atrocities. Like wise, the island of Yzil at Noon is a place of lush, beautiful life. It is said that the  driving force of this island’s life creation is a Creatrix called the Princess Breath.

In Abarat, we’re initially led to believe that night equates to evil and day equates to good, but as the plot goes along we do learn about the good and bad of both. On Ninnyhammer, there are two examples. The first is Jimothi Tarrie. He is the leader of a group of cats that keep a man named Kaspar Wolfswinkel prisoner. The cats try to help Candy as she makes her way toward his house, but she misinterprets their warning cries as feral growls. Possibly that was because of Kaspar’s magic.

We get relatively little interaction with Jimothi in book one, but he does appear later. Jimothi is the first ally on the council of Daylight Islands that Candy finds, but he also realizes that Night is not evil, and at that time Candy realizes that Day cannot always be good.

Project Reflection #3

I didn’t think making a summary of a book I read many times would be as complicated as it was. It was much longer than I estimated at first, even though I left out many details. Actually at some parts I thought I might’ve been putting in too many details. You can find my summary here.

Just a few quick notes about this week. I focused on making a complete summary that included nearly all the necessary information for making the instructor for my class, fellow students, and fan who just needed their memories jogged, caught up on the story so my posts actually make sense. I forgot about creating other articles. I’m hoping the sheer amount that I placed on there will make it up. I added a 4000 word summary. That’s how much my usual book chapters are, so it didn’t seem like too much until I pasted it on the article and published it. I turned a relatively short article into the biggest article on the site.

And now, you can all enjoy the plot of my favorite book. The first criticism I have of the summary is that I feel like it doesn’t capture enough of the weirdness from the book. Here is a list of some of the weird things in the book:

1. Using a squid as a telescope.

2. Brothers whose facial features crawl around on their heads.

3. A giant moth made of powdered human bones and magic built to kidnap a girl

4. A man with antlers that hold his seven brothers.

5. A man whose nightmares swim in a tank he wears around his head so he can relive them.

The best part is, all of those are painted by the author of the story. He is an artist with word and with paint. Now that I think about it, I might’ve done this summary first and then made the other articles so the characters and setting was more fresh in my mind.

Here’s to sailing into next week, finishing the book two summary and the book three reread.

Project Reflection #2

I figured it might be easy to take the weeks by certain themes. The theme I wanted this week was the Twenty-Fifth Hour, the Time Out Of Time, Odom’s Spire. It is the most mysterious island in the Abarat. That’s where I feel I made a bit of a mistake.

I did three articles.

1. The Fantomaya

2. Abraham Hollow

3. The Fugit Brothers

In this post, I go into detail about the Fantomaya’s notability. Now, the Fantomaya make appearances often enough. They are the only characters in the prologue (strictly speaking), and they help out and guide Candy at random moments. Only one, Diamanda, really has a back story that is revealed. I didn’t go into too much detail there, but she was once married to a mortal, non-magical man. Joephi and Mespa are harder to speak about. Its been awhile since I reread the third book, but I don’t remember any more revelations about them. Joephi is wild, and Mespa has eyes the color of the night sky.

It doesn’t seem like much but even less is revealed about the other characters I made articles about. The three characters have very little information as of right now, so I did one post about all of them.

Abraham Hollow is very old with black spectacles and scarlet robes. He is the Keeper of the Twenty-Fifth and doesn’t allow outsiders in. That is literally all that I know about him right now. Until the last two books come out, I’ll have to wait and find out more about this mysterious Keeper. But just the fact that the mysterious island that no one can enter has a “keeper” and obvious signs of inhabitants gives ol Abraham notability to me.

As for his minions, Tempus and Julius Fugit, I can’t really say if they’re going to be important later on. Certainly they have a good role to play for Abraham. They kill to keep the islands secrets, or they make people insane because who believes madmen anyway?

So there you have it. Three mysterious articles about five mysterious people who dwell on one mysterious island. I really wish I did more this week. I did make some small edits on other articles, including that ghastly joke someone made of the final book’s page. The only thing I keep forgetting about is sources, as explained here.

I once had a Facebook question answered by the author himself during a Q&A. I asked if he had an estimation on when the fourth book might be completely. He basically said he wanted to give no promises only to have delays like book three. But the point is Clive Barker does interact and keep updates about his work. Many quotes about the future of Abarat are available on his website called The Beautiful Moment. As of right now, I haven’t been able to mark that as a source on the pages that need it, such as the remaining two books. One interesting thing that I did find was an Abarat Lexicon that has actually been a great help with names and artwork. But it lacks the organization and detail I want the wiki to have. This site will definitely be on the source list in the future. Also, this one too. Its a list of quotes the author has made pertaining to the books, including the confirmed names of the last two.

Perhaps I shouldn’t give weeks a theme to work with. After all, in the Abarat all life and islands are supposed to be connected by a skein; a thread that binds all together. I’m almost done with my book one summary. Trouble is, I’m not sure which smalls details to include.
This week has been a challenge with my other classes, this one, and my work. Next week, I move onto book two characters and a much-needed book three reread.

Mysteries and Monsters of the Twenty-Fifth

A criminal who happened to make it out of the Twenty-Fifth Hour came out of it as a poet named Righteous Bandy. He, like many others who were lucky enough to make it out of the mysterious island, was happily insane. One of the things he wrote was that “Every mystery of the Abarat has its solution here; every enchantment its source, every prayer its destination.”

Indeed, the island is set up to have many mysteries associated with it. When Candy gets her first glimpse of it through the eyes of a telescope squid attached to her face (I repeat, a telescope squid attached to her face) the island is hard to look at because of the strange movements of the clouds around it. The light plays tricks with the eyes and doesn’t allow so much as a small glimpse of the island. Something or someone clearly doesn’t want the island disturbed.

That someone is a man named Abraham Hollow. Next to nothing is known about him in the text. He is called the Keeper of the Twenty-Fifth Island by the Fantomaya. He makes a small appearance in a doorway located in an unknown . infinite darkness. He wears scarlet robes and is very old. A giant rat named Tattle, true to its name, informs him of people who make it onto the island. That doesn’t sit well with him. This man does not want outsiders in this place. But don’t worry, he has a plan. It’s a brutal one too.

Que the Fugit Brothers! Man, are these guys creepy.

Do you see those spiders on his face? Oh wait, that IS his face!

Do you see those spiders on his face? Oh wait, that IS his face!

Not sure if this is Tempus or Julius Fugit. It could be either one of them. That’s why I decided to create their article as just one. Actually, that is the same reason I made the Fantomaya and the John Brothers into one article. Maybe the Fantomaya, could have individual articles, but essentially these are one-character groups. The Fantomaya are rarely seen alone, though that does happen. The John Brothers literally can’t be alone since they share a body.

But back to the Fugit Brothers. They’re the minions of Abraham Hollow. They enjoy killing, according to their dark banter as they chase after Candy. They threaten to tear her heart out at one point. Their gruesome facial features are what Candy speculates to be the reason those who make it out of the Twenty-Fifth go insane. In fact, when she escapes, she is muttering incoherently, but when her buddy Malingo suspects she’s gone insane she snaps out of it and insists she’s not. I’m not sure if the text entirely suggests this, but I personally think that if Malingo wasn’t with her she would have gone insane. To me, that also shows the importance of the Candy/Malingo relationship.

Since the content of both articles, Abraham and the Fugit Brothers, is very small, I’ve decided to combine it in one blog post. All three articles I’ve created this week have some connection to the Time Out Of Time, whether good or bad. My personal prediction is that Candy will go there (that is confirmed by the Fantomaya but it has yet to happen) and somehow interact with Abraham Hollow. Whether he will receive her well or not is up for pure speculative debate. And maybe, just maybe, we’ll see the Fugit Brothers in more than just a “minion” light. I’d like to learn if they’re decent characters to interact with when they’re not killing or making people go crazy. Maybe we’ll gain an insight on what it’s like to have a face that moves around like bugs.

Or maybe that’s something we should never ever have to learn. I mean, just scroll up and look at it again!

That’s it for this week. May your travels be safe from mantizacs.

 

Three Women Of Mystery

Three is the number of those who do holy work;
Two is the number of those who do lover’s work;
One is the number of those who do perfect evil
Or perfect good

            -From the notes of a monk
             of the Order of St. Oco;
             his name unknown

This epigraph opens up the prologue. It’s credited to an unknown monk, much like many of the epigraphs. They’re in-universe quotes, but most of the time I will just credit them to Clive Barker. The prologue of book one is called The Mission. It begins with three women who are doing some sort of holy work.

The theme for this week is the Twenty-Fifth Hour, called the Time Out Of Time, Whence, Lud, and Odom’s Spire.

These three women are Diamanda, Joephi, and Mespa. They are called the Sisters of the Fantomaya. Since they are the first characters we’re introduced to, I’ve made an article specifically for them. On TVTropes, they’re called the Abarat version of The Hecate Sisters, a common trope seen in many forms of stories of three women, one young, one middle, and one old. It’s not extremely evident to me that this is a good comparison. Diamanda fits the profile of the old, serious one, but Joephi is not “ditzy” or “innocent” as the young one often is. Joephi is wild-looking. Mespa may or may not be motherly; she carries the night sky in her eyes.

More easily the can be associated with the Moirae, the three sisters of Fate in Greek mythology. The Fantomaya seem to be connected to fate in the Abarat, though in the prologue they make it explicit that the influence they have shouldn’t really be done.

They appear to have different powers depending on nature and prayers. They pray to the moon, Lady Moon to be exact, and the response is the moonlight repairing their boat and bringing them safely across the sea in the middle of storm. Though nearly every appearance of these women is magical, they are nowhere near invulnerable. Diamanda was once married to a very mortal man. They have one of the most bittersweet reunions I’ve ever read about. I’ll leave it at that.

Somehow these women are connected to the Twenty-Fifth Hour, one of the biggest and still unexplained mysteries of the series so far. It is described as being a Time Out Of Time, a place where “Everything is Here. Everything is Now. Even Yesterday.” The job of the Fantomaya is unclear, but it seems to be studying and protecting all the mysteries of the Twenty-Fifth Hour. I’ve read each book at least twice, and I don’t have a good prediction about what lies there. I eagerly await the day Abarat IV: The Price of Dreams comes out. And when the series finishes in general.

So there you have, very little information on three very mysterious women. More will be revealed of their purpose and intents in the coming volumes, I hope. For now, I believe that while they are powerful, they are not to be seen as goddesses. They are mortal, and can make mistakes. One mistake that our main character Candy notices is their lack of judgement for certain people, one they see as evil and the other as good. The evil one, Christopher Carrion, can be debated. While the other, the good one, well I don’t want to spoil anything. But it was not at all what I expected of a princess. But more on that later…

Happy sailing…

Sources

I’ve quite forgotten that a good wiki has good sources. Oopsie. Well, the source I’ve drawn from for the three articles I’ve created have been the books themselves, so I’m not quite sure how to cite that. Actually, I’m not sure how to cite sources on a wiki at all. This could be a problem. Lucky for me Google and YouTube exist.
I did say that the articles I’ve created have not used any reference except for the books, so those are ambiguous as far as citing. But I have changed a few articles, and in doing so I do need to cite them. As I type this I am at work, so I don’t have much time to figure out how. Actually, I should be working. *Mustache twirl*
This article is one I changed tonight. Before I changed it, it was gibberish. Or if you’re an Abarat fan, Jibarish. Hehehe… But yes, the article literally looked like this: akl;thsekl;abthgjr;abgvklsdhalkjksdafl
For nearly three whole lines!
The nerve of some people. I have cleaned it up, but I’ll need to add sources. The information is right, I swear, but I’ll need proof.
Goodnight.