Nancy was now ready and prepared to solve the Victorian dining puzzle, no matter how long it took. She had a menu with ten different items on it. According to the placard in the display case, it was the menu used in a traditional Waverly Academy nine course celebratory dinner.
"Crackers? Baloney sandwiches? Consommé?" Nancy asked. "Wow, this is one fancy dinner."
Nancy also had the Victorian Dining book, which listed the eight types of knives, eight types of spoons and eight types of forks. Each piece of silverware had a specific use. For example, the fork with two tines was a cheese fork, and it was used for eating cheese.
I guess I need to figure out which utensil goes with which food, Nancy decided. Then use them in the right order?
After a lot of going back and forth between the menu and the book, Nancy finally ended up with a list of which utensils to use. The display case had all the different types of knives, spoons and forks, so she pulled the pressed correct ten utensils in the right order.
The amazing 1871 technology connected to the display case registered the fact that someone pressed the proper ten items in the correct order. The corner of the case slowly pushed out, revealing a golden starburst token, with a picture of an ape on it.
"Yes!" Nancy said. "I did it! I got...whatever this thing is!"
It's a good thing nobody changed the display case in the past 138 years, Nancy thought to herself. Just think, if only one person accidentally switched two of the forks, it would be impossible to solve this puzzle.
And it definitely was a puzzle. Rita Hallowell's journal talked about eating a celebratory dinner with perfect etiquette. She must have created this device, so that whoever found the journal could get the starburst token.
Nancy scanned the journal again. The clue about the celebratory dinner was on the third page, along with a clue about a Dupin gate and Other Poe Stories. The second page was dedicated to a crow and the reconstruction of the United States. The first page talked about lamps with musical narration for pianos.
Nancy scratched her head. She had no idea what those clues referred to, if they were even clues at all. To be honest, she hadn't even figured out the Victorian dining puzzle on her own. She just let the Junior Detective Task List tell her what to do.
Speaking of which, let's see what else I have to do now... Nancy thought, opening her notebook. It was a rather short list.
The To-Do List
- Work at the Snack Shack
- Get the picture of Megan Vargas from Leela
- Get the gold token from the pesky white squirrel
Uh oh, Nancy realized. None of those things have to do with the clues in Rita Hallowell's journal. That means...I have to figure out the clues myself!
"NOOOOOOOOO!" Nancy screamed.