Derniers Contes

By Edgar Allan Poe

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, c
; d
) e, etc.

Une lettre composee de pareils signes aurait incontestablement une
apparence fort rebarbative. Si toutefois ce systeme ne leur donnait
pas pleine satisfaction, ils pourraient imaginer un alphabet toujours
changeant, et le realiser de cette maniere:

Prenons deux morceaux de carton circulaires, differant de diametre entre
eux d'un demi-pouce environ. Placons le centre du plus petit carton sur
le centre du plus grand, en les empechant pour un instant de glisser; le
temps de tirer des rayons du centre commun a la circonference du petit
cercle, et de les etendre a celle du plus grand. Tirons vingt-six
rayons, formant sur chaque carton vingt-six compartiments. Dans chacun
de ces compartiments sur le cercle inferieur ecrivons une des lettres de
l'alphabet, qui se trouvera ainsi employe tout entier; ecrivons-les
au hasard, cela vaudra mieux. Faisons la meme chose sur le cercle
superieur. Maintenant faisons tourner une epingle a travers le centre
commun, et laissons le cercle superieur tourner avec l'epingle, pendant
que le cercle inferieur est tenu immobile. Arretons la revolution du
cercle superieur, et ecrivons notre lettre en prenant pour _a_ la lettre
du plus petit cercle qui correspond a l'_a_ du plus grand, pour _b_,
la lettre du plus petit cercle qui correspond au _b_ du plus grand, et
ainsi de suite. Pour qu'une lettre ainsi ecrite puisse etre lue par la
personne a qui elle est destinee, une seule chose est necessaire, c'est
qu'elle ait en sa possession des cercles identiques a ceux que nous
venons de decrire, et qu'elle connaisse deux des lettres (une du cercle
inferieur et une du cercle superieur) qui se trouvaient juxtaposees, au
moment ou son correspondant a ecrit son chiffre. Pour cela, elle n'a
qu'a regarder les deux lettres initiales du document qui lui serviront
de clef. Ainsi, en voyant les deux lettres _a m_ au commencement,
elle en conclura qu'en faisant tourner ses cercles de maniere a faire
coincider ces deux lettres, elle obtiendra l'alphabet employe.

A premiere vue, ces differents modes de cryptographie ont une apparence
de mystere indechiffable. Il parait presque impossible de demeler le
resultat de combinaisons si compliquees. Pour certaines personnes

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Page 50
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Page 63
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Page 75
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Page 131
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