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Turn-Up Book
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Chapter 4

Episode 00: The Harlequinade

Japanese Name

仕掛け絵本

Romanized Name

Shikake Ehon

Volume

1

Release Date

April, 2008 (The Sneaker)

Pages

59

Adaptation

Chapter 2 (manga); Episode 1

For the anime adaptation, see Episode 1.
For the manga adaptation, see Chapter 2 (manga).

"Turn-Up Book" is the 4th chapter of The Mystic Archives of Dantalian light novel, volume 1. It's divided into five parts and contains two illustrations. The chapter is labeled as Episode 00 in the story line, since it shows the pact sealed by Hugh and Dalian. It's linked with Episode FINAL.

Hugh inherits a mansion and a collection of books. He meets Dalian, a friend of his late grandfather Wesley. Together, they investigate the mansion of Henry Conrad, the man that supposedly killed Wesley to obtain an old book.[1]

Summary[]

A boy finds himself in a strange place where one could see nothing but thousands of books. He asks where he is. A voice of an apparently young girl answers him. The girl in white dress is reading. She affirms that the library has no name. The first person that lost himself there called it “Labyrinth Library”. A more appropriate name would be “Dantalian's Bookshelf”. Dantalian is the owner of the library. The boy asks if she’s called Dantalian.

Part 1[]

Hugh arrives

Hugh reaches the Disward estate.

A young man reaches the mansion where his grandfather used to live. He had inherited the old building. He tries to use a golden key to enter, but only has success with an ordinary one. He starts to investigate the dusty property. It was particularly puzzling how the book shelves were empty. The young man finds a secret path behind one of the bookshelves. He takes a lamp and descends a dark staircase. He’s amazed to find countless books in the basement. The man is not sure if there’s a doll in an armchair, or a girl reading one of the books. However, the girl looks at him and harshly asks what he’s doing there.

He introduces himself as Hugh Anthony Disward, heir to the mansion. He adds that he’s looking for the Dantalian's Bookshelf. The girl steps backwards, afraid of Hugh. She asks if he's Wes' grandson. Wesley had left the mansion for Hugh, under the condition that he takes over the mysterious library. The girl affirms that the library couldn't be found in this world. After a brief exchange, Hugh becomes speechless, learning that she had read the entire collection of his bibliomaniac grandfather. She affirms that Wes was a good man and that his death was unfortunate. Hugh affirms that he’s looking for a pet, since the letter from his grandfather stated that he should take care of something called “Dalian”. The girl immediately kicks him, introducing herself as Dalian. Hugh notices an old lock hanging in front of her chest.

Part 2[]

Dalian is nibbling some bread in the kitchen. At first, she was against going upstairs, but she gave in after catching the scent of the bun Hugh had brought. He wonders if his grandfather had confined her to the basement. Dalian affirms that she was merely waiting. She asks for sugar to add to the bread. While Hugh makes tea, showing unexpected skills, he reveals to be a pilot. Hugh doesn’t want to return to university right now, so he thought that he could live off his inheritance. No one else in the family would come to that mansion, since Wes was a bibliomaniac, rumored to own cursed books. Hugh also came looking for the Dantalian's Bookshelf. He's disappointed to know how ordinary his grandfather’s collection seems to be. However, Dalian suggests that the library is hidden, referencing the “heaven in the pot” tale. She affirms that Wes had purchased the “heaven in the pot”. Hugh remains skeptical, unable to contain his laughter. Dalian’s rage is only calmed when she sees Hugh’s golden key. He’s curious to discover if she knows something about it, but they are interrupted by a carriage stopping nearby.

Part 3[]

Hugh had accepted Henry Conrad’s invitation. While inside the carriage, Richardson, Henry’s footman, affirms that his master was an old friend of Wesley Disward. Dalian decided to accompany Hugh after hearing the name of the person who invited him. Richardson appears to be afraid of her. Dalian and Hugh whisper to each other. She couldn’t understand how Hugh was going to meet the man who supposedly killed his grandfather to obtain an old book. Hugh explains that he’s going to look for evidence. Dalian affirms that he will find the proof, since there is a full moon in the sky.

When they arrive at Conrad’s hotel, they see no traces of employees or lights. Richardson enters the building. Dalian also climbs out of the carriage. Hugh follows her inside the house and immediately notices the stench of blood and burning flesh. The entrance hall was devastated, with the bodies of the employees scattered on the floor. It appears like the work of a giant monster. Dalian explains that they should go to the northern tower, where Conrad’s study is, to find the cause of the calamity. They hear Richardson’s scream. Hugh covers Dalian, protecting her. He draws a revolver from an inside pocket. It’s a memento from Wes. Hugh brought the gun because he does not trust Conrad. They find the body of Richardson, with a throwing knife embedded in his head. A mysterious man is about to attack them with more knives, but Hugh shoots him. The man turns to ashes. Dalian now is certain that Conrad took a book from Wes.

Part 4[]

Unlocking

Hugh opens the gates of the Labyrinth Library.

They are on their way to Conrad’s study, finding more corpses from people killed in a gruesome way. Some of them seem to have been trampled by an elephant. Before they reach the northern tower, they are stopped by a tiger. The creature turn to ashes only after Hugh shoots four times. Dalian explains that the creatures were released by a Phantom Book, a pop-up book called “The Harlequinade”. She shows how there is ink among the remains of the tiger. The Phantom Book read by someone who is not worthy will distort reality. The Phantom Book needs to be sealed inside the Dantalian's Bookshelf. Hugh and Dalian continue heading to the northern tower. Along the way, they find a clown and circus animals, but there is no confrontation. Soon after, they find a dragon blocking their way to Conrad’s study.

Hugh grabs Dalian’s hand to move her away from the fire breath released by the dragon. The scales of the creature deflect all the shots from Hugh’s revolver. While the dragon was looking for them, he tells Dalian to go ahead and seal the book. He wants to stay behind, distracting the dragon. However, Dalian decides to acknowledge him. As requested, Hugh recites the words inscribed on his golden key, sealing a pact.

The lock on Dalian’s chest shines. Hugh uses his key to discover an empty space on Dalian's chest. He had opened the Labyrinth Library. Dalian reached into the void and pulled a Phantom Book called “Book of Fairy”. As she opened the book, a sylph was summoned, repelling the second fire breath from the dragon. The dragon suffers, engulfed by its own flames. Hugh and Dalian use this chance to reach Conrad’s study.

Part 5[]

Hugh and Dalian find the body of Henry Conrad. The latter had his head bitten off as soon as he opened The Harlequinade. Hugh and Dalian find the Phantom Book on his desk. Some illustrations couldn’t be found, since the creatures had slipped out of the book. Conrad was killed because he stole the book out of his proud as a collector and Wes’ rival. The Harlequinade is closed by Dalian and sealed, disappearing into the void on her chest. Hugh notices a red gem embedded in the back of his own right hand, representing the golden key that opens the gates of the Dantalian's Bookshelf. He also realizes that Dalian is the “heaven in the pot”. He remembers when he lost himself inside the Dantalian's Bookshelf and received the key from a girl. As a child, he promised to be her friend and get her out of there. Dalian is hungry. She asks what Hugh will do now. He affirms that he’ll find an inn that offers a sugar-coated breakfast. Dalian decides to accompany him. They hold hands and leave the place together.[1]

Trivia[]

  • The encounter between Hugh and the girl in white is further explored in Episode FINAL.[2]
  • The Scotland Yard is mentioned twice by Hugh throughout the chapter.[1] He's referring to the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), the territorial police force responsible for law enforcement in London, formed in 1829.[3]
  • When Hugh decides to distract the dragon so that The Harlequinade can be sealed by Dalian, he mentions "Noblesse oblige".[1] It's a French phrase denoting that nobility extends beyond mere entitlements and requires the person who holds such status to conduct himself nobly.[4] Hugh doesn't care about nobility, but he chooses to deal with the problem caused by his grandfather's book.[1]
  • The chapter shows Dalian sealing a Phantom Book inside the Dantalian's Bookshelf for the first time.[1]
    • It marks the debut of Hugh as a child and the girl in white.[1]
    • First time Hugh's past as a fighter pilot is mentioned in the series.[1]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 The Mystic Archives of Dantalian light novel, Chapter 4, volume 1.
  2. The Mystic Archives of Dantalian light novel, Chapter 4, volume 7.
  3. Scotland Yard. (2017, February 12). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 17:37, February 18, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Scotland_Yard&oldid=765047164
  4. Noblesse oblige. (2017, February 12). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 17:38, February 18, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Noblesse_oblige&oldid=764983784
  5. The Mystic Archives of Dantalian light novel, Chapter 3, volume 7.
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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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