In Siobhan Dowd's The London Eye Mystery, where did Salim get the girl's clothes from? What has the weather to do with the Coriolis effect? Does the tower where Salim was locked away really exist,...

In Siobhan Dowd's The London Eye Mystery, where did Salim get the girl's clothes from? What has the weather to do with the Coriolis effect? Does the tower where Salim was locked away really exist, and how does Salim come from the London Eye into this tower? For how Long is Salim locked away? Is his mother angry when they meet again?

 

 

 

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Tamara K. H. eNotes educator| Certified Educator

By chapter 36 of Siobhan Dowd's The London Eye Mystery, Ted figures out Salim purposely disappeared from the London Eye, and he worked with an accomplice to do so. All clues point to the strange man who offered Salim the ticket and the girl in the pink fluffy jacket standing in line as being involved in the mystery. Soon enough, Ted realizes what they thought was a shot of the girl waving to the camera in the souvenir picture was actually a a shot of "somebody changing" (271). Ted then realizes the "girl in the pink fluffy jacket was Salim's accomplice" (271). Ted further deduces she and Salim switched identities in the pod of the London Eye. Salim put on her jacket and sunglasses and possibly a wig he had with him.

In the next chapter, Detective Inspector Pearce reads aloud the statement Marcus gave him earlier explaining his involvement in Salim's disappearance from the London Eye. It's during this statement that we learn exactly where Salim got the girl's clothing from while in the pod of the London Eye. Marcus tells a story about when he and Salim took a drama class together. Marcus was cast in the role of Miranda in The Tempest because his "voice hadn't broken then," meaning his voice still sounded high-pitched (281). While playing the role of Miranda, Marcus acquired a wig and became very accustomed to playing a girl. Therefore, as part of their scheme for disappearing to prevent Salim from moving to Manhattan with his mother, Marcus thought of the idea of showing up in the queue of the London Eye as a girl and swapping identities with Salim. Marcus showed up at the London eye dressed in the wig from his Miranda costume, a pink jacket belonging to his sister, and sunglasses. When the people in their pod turned to get their souvenir photo taken, Marcus and Salim had a chance to swap identities:

He laughed and took the wig off my head and stuck it on his. I took off the jacket. He put it on. I straightened the wig, popped on the sunglasses. It took seconds. Nobody saw us. They were all looking the other way for their souvenir shot (285).

Hence, as we can see, Salim got the girl's clothes from Marcus, who showed up at the London Eye wearing a wig and his sister's jacket.

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