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If you haven't read The Mystery of Marie Roget, I suggest that you don't read this post, as it might spoil the story for you.
After having read The Mystery of Marie Roget I'm left puzzled. In the end of the story, there are parts being omitted by the editors of the magazine where it originally was published. And, it also says that these parts "to many readers will appear obvious". Does anyone know what these parts are, has it got anything to do with The Mystery of Marie Roget being based on a true story?
Another thing I came across while reading it, is that Dupin claims that it's impossible that the things found in the thicket could've been there so long without anyone noticing them, and thus they have been planted there at a later occassion. But near the end of the story he refers to these articles when eliminating the possibility of the atrocity being commited by a gang. If they were planted there, then they never would've been there for the murderer to leave, and therefore using them as a proof that it was commited by a single murderer is invalid. I realize this might only be a minor point that doesn't change the final verdict at all, since Dupin had more reasons why it mustn't have been a gang of villains, but I think it's kinda strange since I'm used to Mr Poe's perfection when it comes to small details. Or am I wrong? Was there something I didn't understand (as usual)? If so, I blame that English isn't my native language, and The Mystery of Marie Roget is, from what I've read so far, one of Poe's most difficult stories when it comes to the linguistic aspects.
-- Anonymous, June 05, 2000
yes, these are the parts that are known to Poe's readers from reading the newspaper reports about the actual murder.
-- Anonymous, October 31, 2004