It’s possible that Kaufmann was (or is) part of the Playwright. Maybe the Playwright told him to get close to Wakefield in order to find out what he knew. Of course, if it weren’t for Kaufmann, Wakefield wouldn’t know much of anything. Maybe Kaufmann was under orders to get Wakefield to do something, but I’m not sure that Wakefield would be very important to the Playwright. From their perspective, Wakefield’s main asset might be that Devitt trusts him. But would that matter to the Playwright?
Kaufmann可能曾是(或仍是)“剧作家”的一员。也许“剧作 家”令他去接近Wakefield以查明他知道什么。当然,如果不是Kaufmann,Wakefield不会知道很多事。也许Kaufmann奉命让 Wakefield去做某些事情,但我不确定Wakefield对“剧作家”是否非常重要。从他们的角度来看,Wakefield的主要优势可能就是Devitt相信他这一点。但那对“剧作家”来说重要吗?
Maybe Kaufmann faked his own death. But why would he beg Wakefield to go to Éilís Mór and then fake his death? Kaufmann’s death was so upsetting to Wakefield that he almost didn’t go.
I’m guessing that Kaufmann was an independent investigator, just like he seemed to be. He probably worked with Wakefield because he needed a collaborator that he could trust. I’m sure Kaufmann didn’t tell Wakefield everything, but it’s hard to say whether he withheld any important information.
Alexandre暗示称Kaufmann是因为他是Wakefield这个“旅行者”的同伴而死的。Kaufmann, Anna,还有老Mike都是帷幕旅行者的同伴。他们在死前都病了几个星期。Alexandre显然希望老Mike能恢复过来,但Kaufmann和 Anna却都知道他们快要死了。不同于Anna和老Mike,Kaufmann在他的同伴进入帷幕前就死了。