Edwin Drood’s Big Finish
- Edwin is dead.
- Mr. Grewgious killed him.
- Grewgious knows more than he shares with the other characters. And he wanted the ring to preserve the memory of his love for Rosa’s mother.
- Grewgious is ticked that Drood did not take pursue the girl (who looks soooo much like her mother) while Drood has the opportunity and the means.
- Jasper was not a loving uncle, but he has problems that are not quite private.
- He is being set up. Others know about his love for Rosa and his opium problem.
- The whole town is dark, corrupt, and full of mystery–why not spread the distrust to more than the obvious character?
- Jasper doesn’t find Drood’s watch and shirtpin; Crisparkle does–for good reasons.
- Rosa does not marry. She realizes that she, in fact, loves Edwin.
- She spends her days in the nunnery as she tries to recover from Jasper’s rape. (Come on, he meets her in a garden and makes advances against her will. He penetrates her space emotionally, if not physically.)
- Princess Puffer breaks Jasper because he does not know what happened, most likely because of his hallucinations. She blackmails him until he believes that he has committed the crime.
- Durdles? Well, Durdles finds the body, but I’m not sure who takes the blame (although it is clear to the reader who killed Drood).
- Jasper may take the blame (with the suggestion given to him by Princess Puffer), but he is never sure of the events of that night.