(first of all, this is a kind of off topic post, since I’m involved in the #bbcawdio venture on Twitter – look it up, it’s great fun! This is just a place to put loose threads and I’ll delete this and coming posts later. You probably won’t make much of what is written here unless you’re involved, so feel free to ignore)
Here we go, the loose threads for the first four chapters, at least the ones I found. Could be that some were tied up later on, let me know! (my comments are in italic)
“You’ve been a disappointment to us, Sam. We always thought you were the one.” via (paulcrilley) (“The one” meaning what exactly?)
The woman looking across the divide certainly resembled her, yet the lines of her face told a far older story (so Sam in the mirror is much older? How come? Is it a future Sam?)
“It’s our turn. You promised.” (said by the Sam in the mirror – what promise was this? The same as is referred to later?)
(then, her brother “went away”, “they had taken him” and she “begged to follow” and “had promised”)
Where Sam sees her mirror-self, “the imposter”, cuddling with her mother.
“remember your promise”, the mirror-Sam says, again referring to the promise.
(Upon meeting the puppet) The puppet raised its hand and twitched a finger. As it did so, Sam was horrified to feel her own arm respond. (how come? Does someone have that power over here in this mirror world? And will this puppet make a comeback? Perhaps Sam will falter in her resolve later on, NOT annihilating the Queen, but the puppet appears and takes control over her limbs, making her do it?)
Sam stared at the city that seemed to be made out of wood and wax. (made of wax? Why? Perhaps it’ll melt at some point?)
(Someone started to sing the “heart of stone” song, after which..) “Shut up!” Sam screamed and she started to run towards the city, hoping to leave the whispering voice behind (so, who was singing that song? It’s been coming back a lot, that invisible singer should be back at some point methinks)
(introducing Finnegan, who has this line) “Her Most Excellent Collector of Things requires a trinket from all that attend,” he said as he stepped from the carriage. (so, a Collector of Things? Does she collect any which ever things? Like hearts, brothers etc?)
(Sam finds the egg in her pocket when asked for a trinket) Where had that come from, Sam wondered. (yes, where HAD it come from? Was it the same mysterious voice? Was it the first puppet that put it there to get her on her way?)
(a bit of a strange line from Finnegan to Sam) Aye. You’re not more than two hundred, if that.” Finnegan replied. “And didn’t I tell you to say nothing?” (now, why would he think she’s 200 years old? Is this an old world? A slow world? Or does he need new glasses?)
(Also: ) “She collects all sorts of things. Doors too, and memories, and dropped intentions.” He sighed. “This is all I can do.” (so she is really a Collector, right? How can we weave this into the equation?)