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There is a part in Battleship Bay, as you're heading through the turnstile to the ticket stand, at the moment:

Right before the section where you choose whether to pull your gun on the ticketer or not

where an NPC mistakes you for someone named "Annabelle". Elizabeth also exclaims, "Well, that was odd". Is there a meaning to this? I've already finished the game, so I'm particularly wondering if:

This NPC has mistaken her for someone else in a different universe where she wasn't sold to Lutece. I'm assuming the significance is that she is mistaking her for Anna, which would still be her name if she grew up as Booker's daughter.

Why did this lady mistake her for someone named Annabelle?

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    Any feedback on the downvote? – PileOfDuty Apr 17 '13 at 21:51

Needless to say – SPOILERS AHEAD!

That NPC's name is Esther Mailer. She purposely asked Elizabeth if her name was "Annabelle", so Elizabeth would correct her and confirm Elizabeth's name and identity. She was tasked to track and stop the "False Prophet", Booker DeWitt from taking Elizabeth.

From her Voxophone log, "Take Her Alive":

This is the moment we trained for. The False Shepherd is here. The day was not exact, but...the Prophet's sight proves out again. The specimen must be taken alive. If she dies, I suspect they will give us to the bird. And whatever pieces it leaves behind will bear no names...That was cigarette number six. This waiting is insufferable.

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    So using the name "Annabelle" was just a coincidence? – PileOfDuty Apr 17 '13 at 5:36
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    @PileOfDuty I can't find an in-game source that says that Esther knew about Elizabeth's original name (Anna). Due to lack of in-game sources, I could only speculate that it's either a coincidence or suggested by one of her higher-ups, possibly Comstock himself. – galacticninja Apr 17 '13 at 5:41
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    I didn't notice the connection between these two till now, nice one. – Alex Apr 17 '13 at 8:28

She is trying to get Elizabeth to identify herself, if you pay close attention to posters and stuff you will see that Lady Comstock's first name began with an A, she is probably Annabell. Elizibeth looks like Lady Comstock, as a result of the resembalance it makee sense Annabelle would be the first name that came to her mind.

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Bookers daughter is called Anna or Annabelle. Elizabeth is Anna, Bookers daughter. Comstock is an alternate booker where he Made Columbia but cannot have a child since he accidentally makes himself sterile so he steals bookers child Anna and calls her Elizabeth. Esther was probably trying to have her reveal herself as she was told " take her alive"

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