Lecter Gives Clarice a Massive Clue When They First Meet

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Barely two minutes into their first conversation, Clarice asks Lecter about one of the skillful pencil drawings he displays in his cell. “That is the Duomo, seen from the Belvedere,” he says. As Lecter already knows, Jame Gumb — aka Buffalo Bill — lives in Belvedere, Ohio.

A belvedere is an architectural structure designed to take advantage of another view, in this case the duomo, or cathedral, in Florence, Italy. “Do you know Florence?” asks Lecter.

He’s not only giving Clarice a clue about Jame Gumb, but perhaps about his own plans, should he manage to escape Dr. Chilton’s little box: At the beginning of the Silence of the Lambs sequel Hannibal, Lecter is living in Florence, working as a museum curator.

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