On my morning hike around the perimeter of Country Club Manor, where Jean & I live, what popped into my mind was Poe’s The Gold Bug. You can search that and you can guess what the goal is that occurred to me.
If you’ve read the story, you know that Legrand, the ‘hero’/prime actor acquires a sheet with a jumble code–which he solves by reason of his knowledge of–guess what: The
and by solving the code message and following the instructions, he (with the narrator and a black man) digs up a treasure of gold worth thousands!!
What did Legrand know about the alphabet? That certain letters are used more than others–in fact, each letter had been found to occur in a frequency scale, a graph like a steep staircase, with ‘e’ as the top-most step, had been constructed, with the other letters forming the descending levels until ‘q’ made the last. So Legrand counted the times each of the symbols in the code occurred, substituted ‘e’ for the most common, and so on, and the instructions for findiing the treasure surfaced!
But there was still more to deduce—stop! I won’t spoil the story for you! Read Edgar Allan Poe’s The Gold Bug! Wikipedia will start you off on your own quest!
Another example of an alphabetical ‘miracle’–but as with my using words in a search to find my bestefar is with me, Legrand’s substitutes letters for the symbols and creates WORDS.
‘In the WORD was the beginning . . . . ‘ and he reached his goal!
Stretching reason? That’s one of the values of an early morning–between 5-6 a.m.–walk!