Well, sure, but you know, it just strikes me as strange and controlled. He belongs to a secret society which is so secret he can't even tell her fully about it, even though she's his former lover and confidante. Now he has a heart attack, and suddenly he not only tells her everything, but starts telling her it's time to tell the world.
Again, I don't want to say it didn't happen, but you can see why someone might be skeptical.
Of course. I've expressed some uncertainties about aspects of the story myself. But I believe that Patrice is telling an honest account, at least as she sees it. I don't think José would have deliberately deceived her about the whole thing. It's possible that she might have misinterpreted some aspects of it; I don't know.
But what I do know is that she was writing about some parts of this story quite some time ago: Happy Hour
was published in 1998, so probably written in 1996-97. And way back in Another City
(1987) she quotes José on the vision near the cathedral: "Just because we can't comprehend something doesn't mean it doesn't exist. I'd hate to think that what we understand is all there is." There are other mystical lines in this book. As I said before, this isn't all something new. But now it seems to be coming together into something more detailed and cohesive.
Also, the letters and photos exist; genuine or fake (or a mixture of both) they have to have come from somewhere. I've only handled one of the documents, the drawing of the tower. My non-expert opinion, from the feel of the paper, the style of handwriting, the colour of the ink etc, is that it is many decades, quite possibly a century, old. I'm going by gut feeling: it felt
like other documents a century old that I've handled. If I remember correctly Patrice has had some of the documents professionally assessed. Of course, the whole story of Saunière and Maria Tourdes, and of the society, could be a century-old con -- but if so, that would simply be another mystery. If the documents are fakes, whether old or new, the questions are: Why would anyone go to all that trouble? and Who would do it? and then: Why have they been passed to Patrice in the last few years? If they are genuine, there's a whole bunch of other questions. Either way, I'm intrigued.