I have thought about Daniels Notebook for some time now and I wanted to get other peoples ideas about it.
In 1977, Daniel-from-the-future shows up at The Others camp demanding to speak to Eloise. Eloise shoots him and finds his Notebook. In it is a message to Daniel from his mother, to which Eloise recognises the handwriting as her own.
When Eloise is off island, and as Daniel grows up, she pushes him towards a life of physics. During his time at Oxford Eloise gives Daniel a Notebook for him to write his research in.
The question is this: Is this Notebook the exact same that Eloise found on him in 1977 (ie. already full with his research), or is it a blank Notebook which eventually becomes the Notebook Eloise found on him in 1977?
The first scenario could explain why Daniel often seems to “forget” what is written there (eg. “If anything goes wrong Desmond Hume will be my constant”, and what he read when Charlotte started having nose bleeds).
The thing that really points me toward this scenario though, is the fact that when Dr Chang went to The Orchid Station as there was an emergency, Daniel was waiting outside with Miles, and as soon as Dr Chang arrived he looked at his Notebook and said “Right on time”.
This wasn’t an ordinary day. It wasn’t as if Dr Chang worked 9-5 and Daniel was just waiting for him to turn up at 8.55am. This was a day when Dr Chang shouldn’t have gone to the Orchid at the time he did.
So why was it in Daniels book?
If this scenario is true, this also leads us to the question of how did the writing get there in the first place? If it is indeed the exact same Note Book that Eloise found on Daniel in 1977, where did the original writing come from?
It’s a chicken and egg scenario which could send us around the bend constantly. How did Daniel know Dr Chang would be there at that time; It must be because it’s the exact same book Eloise found on him in 1977; But if it is then how did the writing get there; That must mean it isn’t the exact same book; But if it isn’t the exact same book how did Daniel know Dr Chang would be there at that time… and so on and so on.
Another point I’d like to make about this Notebook is the fact that Eloise knows an awful lot about what happens in the future, up until the day she sends Jack and co. back to the island. I feel this is because there are things written in the Notebook about certain events. Perhaps Eloise had written them to herself knowing full well she’ll read them when she finds his Notebook. Paradox-ish? Maybe. Crazy? Definately.
I also believe that part of the reason Eloise is so adamant that things can’t change is the fact that she saw first hand someone trying to change the past and fail. I believe that Jack and co. fail to destroy the island and Eloise realises that no matter how you try to change the past, you will fail. This is why, even though she knew she’d kill her own son, she pushed Daniel to a life of physhics which eventually leads him to the Island.
Whatever Happened, Happened.
Back to the Note Book, and the second scenario. If the Note book that Eloise gave to Daniel at Oxford is a blank Note book, will the one she found in 1977 suddenly cease to exsist? Or will there simply be 2 copies of the same book?
If it is a blank Note Book perhaps Eloise wrote some notes in there for Daniel when he started to lose his memory. Perhaps that is how Daniel knows when Dr Chang will arrive at the Orchid? But how does Eloise know what time Dr Chang will be there?; Because it was written in the original Note Book; But who wrote it in the original Note Book?; Eloise; But HOW?
Any thoughts or theories to add to this? I’d love to hear everyone elses ideas about the wonder that is Daniels Notebook.