(This is what it looks like when a Fannibal is more comfortable using scissors, tape and colored markers than using Photoshop or other new-fangled technology.)
During my visit to Prop Store to tour the Hannibal: The Complete Series Auction, I took 83 photos of Francis Dolarhyde’s ledger with the plan to transcribe the writing within.
Knowing that Bryan Fuller works to imbue all aspects of Hannibal with meaning, I expected The Ledger to hold some answers or to introduce new questions. I have been surprised by some of the thoughts contained within and I feel that it is a glorious complement to Richard Armitage’s portrayal of Dolarhyde.
The process began well, the handwriting was bad but not illegible. I was enthusiastic and optimistic. As the author became more tired (or bored or anxious or desperate) the handwriting became more illegible. I also became more tired (or bored or anxious or desperate). I have done a pretty great job, if I do say so myself, but there are phrases and words that remain a mystery. I have enumerated these “puzzles” and displayed them below each transcript. Please leave your solutions to these puzzles in the comments. We can figure it out together!
I present these pages without commentary. I have many many thoughts about what is written in The Ledger, but I don’t want to take up space with my thoughts in the same posts as the transcripts. Said thoughts may or may not appear in future posts.
I debated about whether or not to capitalize and punctuate the transcript as it is/isn’t done in the original. I have tried to retain both as much as possible. The handwriting is such that it is impossible to tell capitalization with letters like “w/W” and “t/T.” There are no paragraph breaks in The Ledger. The only breaks in the text happen around photographs pasted on the pages. I have indicated those breaks as much as possible.
I’ve done my very best. I hope it adds to your Hannibal experience.