Richard’s hair, or which Richard did Ben meet in the 1970s? Speaking of the 70s, where is Ben?
I seem to be better at posting questions than theories.
Ok, sometime in the 1970s, Ben the Boy comes to the Island and meets Richard in the jungle. Richard looks like he’s wearing the clothes of a 19th century sailor (check out the details of his shirt rags- there are horizontal braid trim knots on the front- a common theme of military and nautical dress in the 18th and 19th centuries. At the very least, this was not an uncommon knot and toggle closure for a shirt in the past) with longish, disheveled hair.
In 1954, he’s wearing contemporary clothing, well cut, with short hair and a clean shaven appearance. He even has modern shoes.
How could be be wearing clothing in the style of 130+ years before, 20 years AFTER dressing in a modern fashion, as he does in every single other instance we see him?
Could Ben have met an apparition of Richard as he appeared when he actually died or originally came to the Island? What’s going on here?
Also, in both the1950s and the 1970s, he takes on a much more visible, leadership role than he does while Ben is in charge.