English 102 The Unsolved Murders In the novel The Secrets of The Unadilla, by Richard Sullivan, one of the characters name, Pelican Stride, is the most mysterious character in the book whose true sides are revealed as the book unfolds. In the beginning of the novel, Pelican’s true appearance is just a horrible boss who thinks the workers are his own property and for that he treats them with no consideration. As the book develops throughout the last two chapters, Pelican is met for the first time, along the information about him and his background is revealed. Pelican’s secrets are ultimately unveiled at the end of the ook. To Pelican Stride he thinks he played the game pretty well but deep down inside he’s just a pathetic man who has nothing to live for. At the start of the novel, Pelican is seen as a Newspaper owner named, The National Informers, who loves to eat Chinese food and fires his employees whenever he feels like. Pelican is very mysterious because he always remains in his office or his house no one ever seen him anywhere else, and is not actually met until the last two chapter of the book. As the book progresses, Pelican is eventually met and information is revealed about his background.
Pelican was very rude, careless, and selfish, who thinks everybody but his mother deserved to die because they are just on his way. When Pelican used to live at The Unadilla Apartments building his name was Zaboo. Back then he committed a crime, he pushed a woman name Eleanor Eddowes out of her apartment window because he thought the women was the reason why his uncle made his mother cry so much. So, he made an end at his mother’s sufferance. After more than thirty five years he received a letter from an unknown person but, the letter was for Robert Knight, the reporter he handed the story to and asked to.
To Pelican, that was a challenge he knew that knight wasn’t going to be able ou to solve the mystery. Knight now lives in The Unadilla and several people who were around in the 1930s may be suspects. “As Robert gets close to discovering the truth, he comes even closer to becoming a victim himself. ”(http://www. firstonepublishing. com) As Robert Knight investigation begins, he found out that Eleanor Eddowes was push from the apartment window he lives in. He interviewed everyone in the building but no one could tell him what happened that day or who killed Eleanor. Two people he nterviewed got killed, one name Carrie Robeson and the other Alma Finn. He didn’t know the reason they got killed but as the reader I know they got killed because they were the only two tenants who knew what happened and were willing to come forward. After all the murder of Eleanor Eddowes remain unsolved and Robert knight gave up the investigation because it was a dead end. Thereafter, Pelican stride was sitting in his office thinking about what he has done. He was explaining how he killed Eleanor, “he remember knocking on her door, going inside her apartment, then kicking some of her furniture with his shoe so that he ruin it.
He punched her in the chest! Then he pushed her out the window. He kept in mind that it was easy to kill. ”(Sullivan, 225) Pelican is a psychopath. When he threw Carrie Robeson down the stairs he said was doing her a favor and he did the same for Alma Finn, he pushed her out of her apartment window. After more than thirty five years he was sitting in his office feeling proud that no one could solve the murder and give justice to three ladies that he killed. He also said it would have been good to have some challenge. To conclude reading this book as been a great experience it as like being in a movie theater watching a movie. A lot of suspense took place but the murder ended up unsolved. Pelican Stride was a good criminal. He was the type of criminal who kept his secret by screwing his only witness. If Robert Knight had been more intelligent, the murder could have been solved and these women would have find they justice and Pelican would have lose everything he posses and go to prison, WorksCited Sullivan, Richard. The Secrets of The Unadilla. Florida: Karen Hunter Media, 2009. Print. “The Secrets Of The Unadilla. ”firstonepublishing. com. Web.
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