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Book of Equivalence
Chapter 3LN2 infobox
Chapter 3

Episode 06: The Straw Millionaire

Japanese Name

等価の書

Romanized Name

Tōka no Sho

Volume

2

Release Date

October, 2008 (The Sneaker)

Pages

36

Adaptation

Episode 8

For the Phantom Book, see Book of Equivalence.
For the anime adaptation, see Episode 8.

"Book of Equivalence" is the 3rd chapter of The Mystic Archives of Dantalian light novel, volume 2. It's divided into four parts and contains two illustrations. The chapter is labeled as Episode 06 in the story line.

Kamilla obtains the Book of Equivalence, a Phantom Book with the potential to grant everything one desires. Knowing how this power can be dangerous, Hugh and Dalian search after her.[1]

Summary[]

A young lady with shining golden hair and a tense wealthy man are having a conversation at a tea table, in a living room where one could smell the fragrance of high-quality leaves. Next to them, a cupboard shows expensive and foreign items, including dolls, musical instruments, toys and ancient tomes. The woman listens cheerily to Mr. Fieron, who talks about the laws of economics, how something common to someone can be extremely valuable to another person. He asks Miss Keynes how much she’s willing to pay for what she desires. She extends her hand to touch the book on the table, gently closing it.

Part 1[]

Camilla Dalian

Dalian welcomes Kamilla with no enthusiasm.

With an innocent smile, the young woman steps out of her carriage and walks like a child to the entrance of the Disward estate. Strangely, she’s wearing Western clothes, including a heavy leather belt and a cowboy hat. She rings the doorbell roughly before entering the mansion without permission. Carrying a large bag, Kamilla tells Hugh that she has something for Dalian. He’s unable to stop Kamilla from letting herself in. Dalian was reading, almost buried by a pile of books. She reproves the way Kamilla is dressed. With a grin in her face, the latter opens her bag to grab a gift. Dalian is tempted by the large jam-filled fried bread brought from Berlin. She asks Hugh to prepare the tea.

Kamilla means to reach into her bag again to show something of Dalian’s interest, but she’s distracted by a book with colorful illustrations. Dalian was reading a dated catalogue of an old auction. Kamilla takes the book from Dalian’s knees to study its contents. Apparently, the attraction of this auction was a collection of teddy bears. Some of the toys were as expensive as new cars. When Dalian is asked about her favorite, she loses her composure while describing the stuffed bear. Kamilla laughs while Dalian tries to hide her blushing face. Coming back with a teapot, Hugh is kicked by Dalian after questioning the value of the items.

The teddy bears were expensive because they were unique, handmade, with permanent warranty. Kamilla recognizes the name of the person who bought the one Dalian finds cute. He’s a famous collector with a bad reputation, a businessman acquainted with Kamilla’s family. Dalian asks what else Kamilla wants to show her. Kamilla looks inside her bag for a moment and changes her mind. Out of nowhere, she asks Hugh to give her something. Reluctantly, he searches inside his pocket and finds a paper clip. Kamilla affirms that such a gift will make things difficult, but she accepts it regardless. She suddenly leaves the mansion, making Hugh and Dalian confused.

Part 2[]

Hugh and Dalian visit a used bookstore, a place difficult to find, yet unexpectedly large, packed with old books stacked on the shelves and floor. The shop owner is acquainted with the Biblioprincess. While studying the shelves nearby, Dalian offers Hugh’s internal organs in exchange for any interesting book. Hugh takes a letter from the pocket of his coat. Two days ago, the old man sent a message informing them about a Phantom Book he obtained. Previously, the old man was surprised knowing that Hugh became Dalian’s key-keeper. The old man remembers seeing a three-year-old Hugh crying, lost in Wesley’s library.

The old man searches the desk next to the checkout, lifting dust in the air. However, it seems as if he sold the Phantom Book by accident. Dalian loses her mind, affirming that she will burn the whole place. The shop owner didn’t get the name of the buyer, but he remembers the person as a beautiful, blond young woman sporting Western wear. Hugh suggests that Kamilla is the owner of the Phantom Book. Dalian turns around to leave the bookstore and search for her. She stops to ask the old man about the title of the book. The reveal makes her freeze. Kamilla is holding the Book of Equivalence.

Part 3[]

Hugh driving

Hugh and Dalian discuss about the Book of Equivalence.

Hugh drives his car, heading to Kamilla’s house with Dalian. They discuss about the Book of Equivalence. One can get everything he wants using the Phantom Book. The person affected by its power must give something of equal value to what the user presents. Hugh thinks it would be useful to Kamilla’s father, who’s involved in the trading business. Deals made with the Phantom Book ought to be fair, with no one being tricked. After all, only items of equal value are exchanged. However, Dalian explains that the user can become rich using the Book of Equivalence because the price of an object is determined subjectively by people. What is common to one individual, can be valuable to another. Dalian is impatient because the Phantom Book is dangerous. A trade is certain to happen, even if the item is considered to be as important as someone’s life. Kamilla is wealthy enough to buy everything she wants. If she needs the Book of Equivalence, she may be involved in an ominous deal.

They are greeted by one of the Keynes’ employees, a long-term servant in his mid-thirties who’s acquainted with Hugh. The employee doesn’t mind Dalian’s appearance, apparently familiar to women wearing strange clothes. He informs that Kamilla returned, but she left again a while ago. Hugh means to get back to his car, but Dalian questions about the paper clip the servant is using, the same Hugh presented to Kamilla. He needed the paper clip for the documents he’s carrying, so he gave his pocket watch to Kamilla in exchange for it. The deal seemed absurd, but the pocket watch was given by the man’s former lover, so he was looking forward to get rid of the item. Hugh and Dalian resume their search for Kamilla. Certainly the pocket watch didn’t represent Kamilla's ultimate goal.

Part 4[]

They were back to the Disward estate after trying to track Kamilla past midnight. Kamilla had exchange items with different people, but she never returned home. Dalian asks Hugh to sniff her, as if he's a dog. He smiles, noticing how she's worried about Kamilla. Dalian affirms that she's only thinking about the sweets Kamilla usually gives her. Hugh is kicked after witnessing Dalian's cheeks flushing.

If Kamilla wants something that cannot be bought with money and the owner decides that the item is more valuable than life, she may have a cruel fate. Hugh tries to comfort Dalian, saying that Kamilla wouldn’t be bartering during the night. Suddenly, someone shows up behind him. Looking at her, it seems as if Kamilla was sleeping in the garden, waiting for them. She takes a stuffed bear from her bag and gives it to Dalian. Big as a baby, the old toy is dusty and worn, but it’s evident that it was cared with affection by its previous owner.

Kamilla had gone to Mr. Fieron's mansion to negotiate the teddy bear, after getting tired of bartering in order to test the power of the Book of Equivalence. The collector deemed the item priceless for speculation reasons. Kamilla shouldn’t be able to escape the spell imposed by the Phantom Book. However, she offered the book itself in exchange for the stuffed bear. Kamilla saw it as a good deal, having bought the Phantom Book at a low price, as if it was a common, secondhand book. She gets depressed after reflecting how she used a Phantom Book to present Dalian with a stuffed bear, when she could have obtained a mansion, starting with a simple paper clip. However, after seeing the faint smile on Dalian’s lips, she cheers up and says that it was all worth it.[1]

Trivia[]

  • The chapter marks the debut of the old man.[1]
  • Straw Millionaire is a Japanese folk tale likely written during the Heian period. The story features a poor peasant named Daietsu-no-suke, who becomes wealthy through a series of successive trades, starting with a single piece of straw.[2] Kamilla refers to the tale in the anime.[3]
  • Kamilla made a series of trades throughout one entire day to obtain a priceless teddy bear, starting with a single red paper clip. In real life, Canadian blogger Kyle MacDonald bartered his way from a red paper clip to a house after fourteen transactions over the course of a year.[4]
  • In the chapter, it's said that some stuffed bears were as expensive as cars.[1] The Ford Model T is regarded as the first affordable automobile. In the 1920's, produced in the United States, the vehicle was sold by no more than $395.[5] As for 2017, the equivalent value is around $4,830.[6]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 The Mystic Archives of Dantalian light novel, Chapter 3, volume 2.
  2. Straw Millionaire. (2017, April 19). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 22:25, June 16, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Straw_Millionaire&oldid=776259298
  3. The Mystic Archives of Dantalian anime, Episode 8.
  4. One red paperclip. (2017, March 30). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 22:38, June 16, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=One_red_paperclip&oldid=773002657
  5. Ford Model T. (2017, June 6). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 22:38, June 17, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Ford_Model_T&oldid=784173297
  6. Consumer Price Index Data from 1913 to 2017. In US Inflation Calculator. Retrieved 22:38, June 17, 2017, from http://www.usinflationcalculator.com/inflation/consumer-price-index-and-annual-percent-changes-from-1913-to-2008/
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Volume 1

Gastronomy Worship - Pedigree - Book of Wisdom - The Dictator's Book - Turn-Up Book - Book of Lifetime - Libricide

Volume 2

The Briar Princess - Queen of the Night - The Lovers - Book of Equivalence - Book of Fetus - Winning Strategy - The Mystic Archives of Rasiel

Volume 3

Book of Soul Exchange - Book of Oblivion - Book of Twilight - Book of Sleep - The Magician's Daughter - The Beautiful Woman's World - Book of Atonement

Volume 4

Book of Gap - Phantom Score - Book of Relationship - Book of Hypnosis - The Perfumer - The House-Elf's Rough Time - Phantom Book Thief

Volume 5

Timetable - Waterside Flower - The Cat and the Biblioprincess - Book of Fools - The Logbook - The Observer - Book of Connection

Volume 6

The Template Book - The Working Man - Book of Coffin - The Real Me - Book of Humanization - Paradise

Volume 7

Disaster and Temptation - Catalogue - Book of Wisdom II - The Girls' Long Night - Book of Imitation - The Key-Keeper

Volume 8

Phantom Book of the King - The Last Book - Vignette of Eternal Twilight
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