Rita Hallowell's journal contained obscure clues for about six different puzzles. Poor Nancy Drew was completely confused, and she didn't understand any of the clues at all. To be honest, Nancy was still kind of stuck on the fact that Rita bought an entire journal, just to write on three pages of it.
Fortunately, Nancy didn't need to understand the clues, because her to-do list interpreted most of them for her. Rita wrote something about silverware for a nine-course dinner, and the to-do list translated it as "learn more about what people considered to be perfect etiquette in Rita Hallowell's day (the Victorian Age)".
So Nancy went to the school library and asked Izzy Romero for help.
"Hey, Izzy!" Nancy said. "Do you know what people considered to be perfect etiquette in Rita Hallowell's day (the Victorian Age)?"
Izzy Romero was not impressed by Nancy's ability to use parentheses while speaking. "They thought it was rude to interrupt people while they're studying," she said.
"Thanks!" Nancy said. She slapped Izzy on the back, then walked off, checking that off her to-do list.
Unfortunately, the item refused to be checked off the list. "Darn," Nancy said.
Nancy was near the school computer, so she logged on and started a search on the library catalog. She searched for "please tell me the solution to this puzzle, so I don't actually have to figure it out myself".
Since Nancy used the word "the", one of the search results was Formal Victorian Dining: The Right Spoon for the Menu.
"Yes!" Nancy said. She was ready to check out the book from the library—even though she didn't have a library card—when she noticed the book had already been checked out by Rachel K. Hubbard.
So Nancy went to Rachel's room and knocked on the door.
"Come in," Rachel said.
Nancy opened the door and walked in. Rachel looked up from her computer, and a confused look came over her face. Rachel arched her eyebrows and tilted her head slightly as she stared at Nancy.
"Hi..." Rachel said. After a pause, she added, "Who...who are you?"
"I'm Becca Sawyer, remember?" Nancy said. "The new French exchange student."
"Oh...oh, right!" Rachel said. Her face went back to normal. "Sorry, I totally blanked on your name!"
Leela was right, Nancy realized. Rachel does have a bizarre memory problem.