In the children's novel series A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket, many characters are members of a secret organization known as V.F.D. The following is a list all of the known members of V.F.D.
- 1 Members of V.F.D.
- 1.1 B.
- 1.2 C.
- 1.3 D.
- 1.4 E.
- 1.5 G.
- 1.6 H.
- 1.7 I.
- 1.8 J.
- 1.9 K.
- 1.10 L.
- 1.11 M.
- 1.12 O.
- 1.13 Q.
- 1.14 S.
- 1.15 V.
- 1.16 W.
- 2 Other members
- 3 See also
- 4 References
Members of V.F.D.
Lemony Snicket was in love with Beatrice and they were engaged, but she canceled the marriage and married Bertrand instead. Various hints are dispensed throughout the series as to why she called off the marriage. According to Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography, Lemony Snicket is mistakenly reported by The Daily Punctilio as dead. This is possible, as suggested in The Grim Grotto, where Lemony makes reference to Captain Widdershins convincing Beatrice that a certain story in a newspaper was true, which could be the report of his death. The other evidence for her belief was that she had planned to name Violet 'Lemony' had she been a boy, in accordance with the family custom of naming a child after a friend who had died. We can assume that Beatrice at one time believed that Snicket was dead. When Lemony was revealed to be alive, she had already married Bertrand and she could not marry him. However, in The Beatrice Letters the reader is told that Beatrice returned Lemony's engagement ring and sent him a 200-page book explaining why the two could not wed, something she could not have done had she believed Snicket to be dead; although this may have been after he was revealed to be alive. This may contradict Ishmael's statement from The End that the ring was given to Beatrice then back to Lemony to Kit to Bertrand then back to Beatrice. In The End, when Kit Snicket nears death, she informs the Baudelaire children that "their families have always been close, even if they had to stay apart from one another".
The Beatrice Letters reveal that Beatrice and Lemony first met when they were still schoolchildren and Beatrice was friends and classmates with the R, the Duchess of Winnipeg.
Mother of the Baudelaires: In The Beatrice Letters, which was published before The End, it is revealed that Beatrice's full name is Beatrice Baudelaire, making her a relative of the Baudelaire orphans. It later becomes clear that this Beatrice is the Baudelaire orphans' mother, and that there is another Beatrice Baudelaire, Kit Snicket's child, who is born in The End and raised by the orphans. The Beatrice Letters reveals that both Beatrices are baticeers (a person who trains bats). Baticeer is an anagram for Beatrice, of which such anagrams are used frequently in A Series of Unfortunate Events.
Even prior to the release of the thirteenth book, there was speculation that Beatrice was the Baudelaires' mother, based on the fact that a list of anagrams in The Hostile Hospital includes "Carrie E. Abelabudite" an anagram for Beatrice Baudelaire. However, the same list includes "Ned H. Rirger" an anagram for Red Herring (a similar passage, juxtaposing evidence that Beatrice is Mrs. Baudelaire and the "Red Herring" anagram appears in The Unauthorized Autobiography. However, the red herring may also be the name "Monty Kensicle', yet another anagram for Lemony Snicket). The Baudelaires have heard her name mentioned twice by Esmé Squalor, but they have not had opportunity to discuss it, so it was unknown if the name meant anything to them.
Snicket mentions Beatrice's death in the dedication of each book.
Involvement with the sugar bowl: Beatrice, the Baudelaire orphans' mother, may have stolen Esmé Squalor's sugar bowl, which is an important artifact in the series. In The Ersatz Elevator, Esmé declares to the Baudelaires that she wanted to "steal from [them] the way Beatrice stole from me." In The Penultimate Peril, Esmé exclaims "Beatrice stole it [the sugar bowl] from me!" However, in The Hostile Hospital, Lemony Snicket states that he helped Beatrice steal the sugar bowl and that he feels guilty about it. The Beatrice Letters seems to suggest that Beatrice and Lemony attended a tea party held by Esmé and, for reasons unknown, one of them stole Esmé's sugar bowl, setting off the schism.
Bertrand Baudelaire is the father of Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire, the husband of Beatrice Baudelaire, and a member of V.F.D.. Throughout the series, the children remember anecdotes about their father, such as him cooking or at a dinner party.
As a child Bertrand was friends with Beatrice (his future wife). When Beatrice arrived early to her first day of V.F.D. training, Lemony Snicket complimented her for her punctuality, which embarrassed her because she was with Bertrand, the future Duchess of Winnipeg, and "others".
As a member of V.F.D., Bertrand is known to have helped in the training of the volunteer feline detectives (Mortmain Mountain lions). Bertrand was also good friends with Dewey Denouement, and Dewey mentioned that the two liked to recite an American humorist poem of the nineteenth century composed by John Godfrey Saxe together.
Count Olaf implicates Bertrand as a co-conspirator in the murder of his own parents. At the outset of the series, Bertrand perished when the Baudelaire Mansion was destroyed in a fire.
Carmelita Spats is the unofficially adopted daughter of Count Olaf and Esmé Squalor but not a V.F.D. member. She often calls people whom she deems to be lesser than herself "Cakesniffers", which Mr. Poe takes as a joke.
Carmelita Spats first appears in the fifth book in the series, The Austere Academy, where she is described by Snicket as "rude, violent [and] filthy." The book opens explaining that “If you were going to give a gold medal to the least delightful person on Earth, you would have to give that medal to a person named Carmelita Spats, and if you didn't give it to her, Carmelita Spats was the sort of person who would snatch it from your hands anyway.” Snicket warns that one should stay as far from Carmelita as possible, and Duncan Quagmire tells the Baudelaires that the less time a person spends with her the happier he or she will be.
Carmelita is portrayed as a bully at the Prufrock Preparatory School, where Sunny, Klaus and Violet Baudelaire board, in The Austere Academy. Showing prejudice, Carmelita bullies both the Baudelaires and the Quagmires for being orphans, using "Cakesniffers," (and once "Saladsniffers", when Sunny falls asleep in her salad) to refer to anyone whom she holds in contempt, chiefly the Baudelaires.
In the fifth instalment in the A Series of Unfortunate Events collection, The Austere Academy, Carmelita first appears as a student of Prufock Preparatory School. Across the book Carmelita always picks on the Baudelaires and the Quagmires with her made up song "Cakesniffing Orphans in the Orphans Shack". She also is given a job by Coach Genghis (Count Olaf) to tell the Baudelaires when they required to attend S.O.R.E. sessions (after which she would snobbily demand a tip). She does not appear again until the tenth book.
In the tenth instalment in the A Series of Unfortunate Events collection, The Slippery Slope, Carmelita reappears as a member of the Snow Scouts, a mountaineering group of which Quigley Quagmire is also a member. At the end of the book, all of the Snow Scouts except for Quigley, who was with the Baudelaires at the time, are captured by Count Olaf. He and Esmé Squalor are able to convince Carmelita to join Olaf's villainous troupe.
In the eleventh instalment in the A Series of Unfortunate Events collection, The Grim Grotto, Esmé starts referring to Carmelita as "the daughter she never had," and spoils her accordingly; both she and Olaf are seen within the book to bend to her every whim. Olaf is less fond of her, and this dislike grows during the book, but is still persuaded to name his submarine The Carmelita, Carmelita having said that The Olaf is a "cakesniffing" name. To outline the degree to which she is spoiled, she is dressed as "a tap-dancing ballerina fairy princess veterinarian" during the book.
In the twelfth novel in the A Series of Unfortunate Events collection, The Penultimate Peril, Carmelita's spoiled attitude appears to have been exacerbated under the care of Esmé Squalor. Her attire is as eccentric as in The Grim Grotto; this time she dresses as a "ballplaying cowboy superhero soldier pirate" for the duration of the book. Count Olaf becomes increasingly tired of her attitude and violently knocks her to the floor, ending their already tenuous relationship. She is abandoned at the Hotel Denouement, along with Esmé, towards the end of the book.
Carmelita submits a book about how wonderful she believes herself to be as evidence in a trial against Count Olaf. It is implied earlier that Carmelita herself published this book, entitled Carmelita Spats, Me: The Completely Authorized Autobiography of the Prettiest, Smartest, Most Darling Girl in the Whole Wide World; an excerpt from Page 793 detailing her misguided encounter with a V.F.D. librarian appears in Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography, where it is listed as having been published by Spoiled Brat Press.
Dewey Denouement (Introduced/Killed in: "The Penultimate Peril") is one of the three brothers who own and manage the Hotel Denouement. He prefers to remain in the shadows, and many people think him to be mythical. (This is proven when Count Olaf looks at him and says, "So, you're a real person! I always thought you were a legendary figure, like unicorns or Giuseppe Verdi,"—an allusion to a scene in Through the Looking Glass—to which Klaus hotly replies, "Giuseppe Verdi is not a legendary figure! He's an operatic composer!"). Dewey is a member of V.F.D., on the fire-fighting side, and has assembled a considerable catalogue of evidence against V.F.D.'s enemies, which he hides in a second hotel, disguised as the reflection of the first in a pond. He is the penultimate guardian of the Baudelaire orphans.
Dewey Denouement befriends the Baudelaires, winning their trust by quoting a poem their father knew. He takes them outside and reveals the secret of his catalogue. However, when they re-enter the hotel, they find Count Olaf waiting. He threatens Dewey with a harpoon gun. The Baudelaires attempt to save him by standing in front of him, walking towards Olaf and trying to persuade him to give them the gun. When Mr. Poe arrives, Count Olaf throws the gun to the Baudelaires and they drop it. The harpoon goes off and impales Dewey. With the harpoon in his heart, he stumbles back and falls into the pond. His last words to the Baudelaires, just before he sinks into the pond, is "Kit."
Dewey, like many members of V.F.D., lost his parents in a fire that destroyed his home. Olaf seems to be the one responsible and almost outright says so upon discovering that Dewey survived the fire after all.
Dewey's name is probably a play on the Dewey Decimal System, a form of organization used in libraries, as Dewey himself is a librarian.
His favorite section of the library is 020, which is Library & Information Sciences on the Dewey Decimal System.
Duncan Quagmire first appears in The Austere Academy after he saves Violet, Klaus and Sunny from Carmelita Spats and tells all about him and his sister, Isadora. At Prufrock Prep, they quickly become best friends with the Baudelaires (and possibly he and Violet's relationship develops). He also shares the same class and shares his silverware with Violet. In the middle of the book, Nero insults the Baudelaires while they convince him that Coach Genghis was actually Count Olaf, and he says that next time, they might say that Count Olaf had disguised himself as Violet's boyfriend (referring to Duncan). Violet blushes, but then denies it. Then, he and Isadora foil a plan about disguising themselves as the Baudelaires, as right before they start, Duncan comforts Violet and tells her that nothing will go wrong, although they fail and was whisked away by Count Olaf. In The Vile Village he and Isadora escapes the Village of Fowl Devotees along with Hector, in the sustaining hot air mobile home, leaving the Baudelaires.
In The End he, along with Isadora and Quigley, were captured by a mysterious marine creature, or "The Great Unknown" as Kit says. Sunny also asks if he or Quigley was the one who called out Violet's name, before being captured.
Duncan is also the first one in the whole series to ever mention V.F.D.
Esmé Gigi Genevieve Squalor
Esmé Squalor is first introduced as the materialistic and inconsiderate wife of Jerome Squalor and the self-proclaimed "city's sixth most important financial advisor". When the Baudelaires discover Olaf's plan to smuggle Duncan and Isadora Quagmire through a secret passageway in 667 Dark Avenue, Esmé traps them in an unused elevator shaft and tells them their mother once stole a "sugar bowl" from her. Though the Baudelaires escape, Olaf's plan succeeds and Esmé leaves Jerome to join the count. During the events that follow, Esmé participates in her boyfriend's schemes but becomes increasingly disenchanted by Olaf's disregard for her interests. While Olaf sees embezzling orphans' inheritances as the "greater good", Esmé wants only the sugar bowl and Olaf's affection.
When Olaf abducts the Snow Scouts (an élite troop of child scouts) as slaves, Esmé takes an interest in the scout Carmelita Spats, welcoming her as an adoptive daughter and shifting her focus from the count. After her plans for a cocktail party at the Hotel Denouement are canceled by Olaf (who decides to murder the guests instead), Esmé leaves his theater troupe and takes Carmelita. When the hotel is set on fire, Esmé is trapped on the second floor, where she and Carmelita presumably die.
Fernald (The Hook-Handed Man)
The Hook-Handed Man is one of Count Olaf's original featured troupe members, and lasted the longest of the original henchmen established in The Bad Beginning.
His first name is Fernald, yet his last name is unknown, though he does state that it differs from that of his stepfather, Captain Widdershins. Before joining with Count Olaf's theatre troupe, he and his sister Fiona lived with Widdershins on his submarine, the Queequeg. However, after growing tired of Widdershins’ constant nautical ejaculations and bossing around, Fernard eventually flees the submarine where it is revealed he took up a life of crime with Count Olaf. It is unknown how or when he lost his hands. Throughout most of the series, he conspires with Count Olaf to steal the Baudelaire fortune. Olaf himself does not refer to Fernald by his proper name; instead, Olaf and Esmé call him "Hooky". One of his aliases is O. Lucafont, an anagram of Count Olaf.
In the series in several books, he appears in various guises to aid Olaf with his plans; his hooks are always hidden in these attempts.
In the second book of the series, The Reptile Room, he disguises himself as Dr. O. Lucafont and arrives at Dr. Montgomery's house after receiving a call that there had been an accident. In the end when the adult characters finally realize who Count Olaf really is, "Lucafont" claims he will take Olaf to jail. Although Sunny Baudelaire bites Fernald's fake hands off before he can escape unexposed, but the two men still flee the scene.
In the sixth book of the series, The Ersatz Elevator, he disguises himself (with extra-long jacket-sleeves) as the doorkeeper of 667 Dark Avenue. Still maintaining his façade, he bids on (and wins) the statue in which the two Quagmire siblings are hidden.
In the eleventh book of the series, The Grim Grotto, he is reunited with his sister Fiona, who, along with their stepfather Captain Widdershins, is working with the Baudelaire children. After Widdershins mysteriously disappears and the Queequeg is damaged, Fiona considers her brother to be her only family member left, and seemingly joins Count Olaf's troupe to stay with him.
Sometime later, though, Fernald and Fiona betray Olaf by stealing his submarine. They meet with their stepfather again (who, in the words of Kit Snicket, "had forgiven the failures of those he had loved") along with Kit and Phil to help repair the Queequeg and aid the Quagmire triplets and Hector in their self-sustaining air balloon.
However tragedy strikes, and trained eagles popped the hot air balloon, sending them crashing into the Queequeg. Stranded on the wreck, they see the mysterious question mark (an ambiguous shape that the Baudelaires had encountered on the radar screen that scared even Olaf) reappear. Although Kit is terrified of what she referred to as The Great Unknown, the others want to take their chances confronting it. The mysterious shape takes Fernald and the others away, its intentions and results still undescribed.
Good or Evil?: The Hook-Handed Man has shown remorse and doubt regarding his crimes, and states that there are no such things as good people or bad people, that every person is like "a chef's salad with good parts and bad" arguing that good people often do bad things while bad people may do good things. He has shown love for his sister.
Count Olaf says in The Penultimate Peril that "Hooky and Fiona double-crossed me yesterday". This implies that Fernald has left Olaf's troupe. Notably, he is the second-last of Olaf's assistants and conspirators to leave, the last being Esmé Squalor.
In an interview with author Daniel Handler, the interviewer inquired why, in the last couple of books, the line between the good people and more treacherous ones seemed to have become a bit blurred. Handler responded, "It's sad isn't it? I think the Baudelaires are getting older, and one of the sad facts about getting older is that you've always thought of yourself and people you know as righteous and true and the people you dislike as evil. The older you get the more muddy that water becomes".
Fiona (Introduced in: "The Grim Grotto"), a mycologist, first appears when Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire enter the Queequeg in The Grim Grotto. She goes with them into the Gorgonian Grotto to look for the sugar bowl. When all four of them come back empty-handed, they find the Queequeg deserted. Count Olaf captures the submarine with his own, the Carmelita, and takes the Baudelaires and Fiona to the brig to be tortured by the Hook-Handed Man, who turns out to be Fiona's long-lost brother Fernald. The Baudelaires and Fiona persuade Fernald to join them and help them escape. The Baudelaires escape but Fiona and Fernald got caught and tell Esmé Squalor that they are in support of Count Olaf. Later Fernald has persuaded Fiona to really be part of Count Olaf's troupe.
Her stepfather is Captain Widdershins. Her and her brother Fernald's last name is not given, but it is stated that it differs from their stepfather. She wears triangular glasses, leading to Esmé Squalor calling her "Triangle-Eyes". She is the engineer of her stepfather's submarine, the Queequeg.
Fiona and Fernald do not appear in The Penultimate Peril, but Count Olaf says that the two stole the Carmelita. In The End, it was revealed that she returned to the good side of V.F.D. with her brother, but they were both sucked into the giant question-mark vessel (dubbed by Kit Snicket as The Great Unknown previously seen in The Grim Grotto).
Captain Widdershins continually tells Fiona that her mother (who happened to be best friends with Esmé Squalor in high school) died in a 'manatee accident', though Fiona stated that she wasn't so sure it was an accident; indeed, towards the end of the book it is stated that Widdershins was wrong about this, implying she was murdered. Later, in The End, an unrelated character named Miranda Caliban claimed her husband Thursday had been eaten by a manatee to cover up for the fact that they had broken up. It is unknown whether these two incidents are related.
There is a suggested romantic involvement between Fiona and Klaus. While this is initially something that Fiona's stepfather jokes about, such as declaring his intention to allow Klaus to marry her, it is shown when she kisses him moments before they part. Klaus appears to return her feelings; he reacts to her post-kiss vanishment with "How could someone so wonderful do something so horrible?", and in The Penultimate Peril, Snicket mentions that "Fiona broke Klaus' heart." This is repeated multiple times in The End, and Kit Snicket tells Klaus before her disappearance that, quote: "Fiona was so desperate to reach you, Klaus," and "She wanted you to forgive her as well."
Fiona is stated to be "a bit older than Violet."
Frank and Ernest Denouement
They are introduced in The Penultimate Peril as the managers of the Hotel Denouement. Frank is a volunteer for V.F.D., while Ernest is a villainous member of V.F.D.. As they are identical, the Baudelaire orphans are not sure of each's identity at any time, and Snicket emphasises this, by adding "said Ernest, or Frank" or the inverse, and other similar phrases, after each character spoke. The two are described as "tall, and skinny, with long arms that stuck out at odd angles, like drinking straws instead of flesh and bone."
The second triplet they meet tells them a coded message in The Penultimate Peril. The message ("I can't tell if you are associates or enemies please respond") uses the Sebald Code, but since both sides of V.F.D.'s schism use the same codes, this does not clear up which brother he was. Frank and Ernest do not return in The End, so they probably perished or escaped the fire, but did not encounter the orphans again. Frank and Ernest are the paternal uncles of Beatrice Baudelaire II, who is the daughter of their brother, Dewey, and his wife, Kit Snicket.
Their names may be a reference to the comic strip Frank and Ernest, or could just be a pun on that neither character could really be honest and forthright with the Baudelaire orphans.
Dr. Georgina Orwell (Introduced/Killed in: "The Miserable Mill") was an optometrist living in the town of Paltryville. In The Miserable Mill, Dr. Orwell was a hypnotist and hypnotized Klaus Baudelaire. Although it is likely that she was a genuine optometrist (having fixed Klaus' glasses), it is unclear whether Dr. Orwell had recently embarked on a new career as a hypnotist, whether it is merely a hobby of hers, or whether she has always been a hypnotist in some capacity. She sides with Count Olaf, who was disguised as her receptionist, as they had agreed to split the Baudelaire fortune equally, before the Baudelaires arrived at the mill.
She was described as tall woman with blonde hair in a tight bun who wore big black boots. She was seen long white coat with a name tag that reads 'Dr. Orwell' and held a long black cane with a shiny red jewel on the top. When the Baudelaires first meet her, she is very polite and invites them into her office, but it is quickly revealed that she is actually a villain, and she behaved politely because she believes that 'You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar'. In the same novel, she and Sunny Baudelaire had a swordfight in which Georgina pushed the red jewel on her cane, whereupon it instantly transforms into a sword.
Dr. Orwell was killed just before she got the chance to slash Sunny's throat, when she accidentally backed into a saw that had been turned on for use in her and Count Olaf's conspiracy to steal the Baudelaire fortune.
She may also have been a former member of V.F.D., as the optometrist disguise described in Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography matches her appearance.
Geraldine Julienne is a star reporter for The Daily Punctilio and is the person who locked her editor, Eleanora Poe, in a basement. She may have been responsible for telling Mr. Poe to ignore all telegrams sent to him, including the Baudelaire's telegram in The Hostile Hospital, but it is also likely that Eleanora herself suggested this in a misguided article prior to her imprisonment. In The Vile Village Geraldine's articles in the Daily Punctilio is also responsible for the general public believing that the Baudelaires murdered "Count Omar", who was, in reality, Jacques Snicket. She also had a role in The Carnivorous Carnival, appearing to love violence and people being fed to lions, wanting to write an article about the event. She does not, however, appear to be malicious; Lemony himself stated in The Penultimate Peril that she had caused the Baudelaires "inadvertent trouble". Most of her actions can actually be attributed to orders or suggestions from Esmé Squalor, whom she appears to idolize. In The Unauthorized Autobiography, it is revealed that she was the reason that Esmé Squalor and Jerome Squalor met and thus married, by providing Esmé information on Jerome's life. In The Beatrice Letters, the Duchess of Winnipeg's death caused her to become the new fashion editor. Lemony describes her in The Beatrice Letters as a "foolish girl".
She has a habit of imagining headlines and exclaiming, "Wait until the readers of the Daily Punctilio see that(/this)!" It is unknown whether she escaped the fire at Hotel Denouement in The Penultimate Peril.
Gregor Anwhistle, the brother of Ike Anwhistle (and brother-in-law of Josephine Anwhistle), was the founder of Anwhistle Aquatics, an outpost of V.F.D., which investigated the effect of the Medusoid Mycelium as a toxin and its possible use as a weapon against Count Olaf's side of V.F.D. One of Gregor's parents might be a cousin of the Baudelaire parents, as Josephine is described as being the Baudelaire children's "second cousin's sister-in-law", but is also possible that he is only related to them through Josephine; it may be that Josephine's sister married the second cousin on the Baudelaires, making her their second cousin's wife's sister, or rather their "second cousins sister-in-law" which would make Ike their "second cousins sister-in-law-through-marriage" and Gregor is Ike's brother.
Dr. Gustav Sebald was Dr. Montgomery Montgomery's herpetological assistant, who aided him in his research and in the construction of reptile traps (jobs that were later given to the Baudelaires, orphans sent to stay under the doctor's care) so that Dr. Montgomery (called "Uncle Monty") could acquire new specimens for his reptile collection.
Aside from acting as Uncle Monty's top assistant, Dr. Sebald was a little-known film director, known only to the V.F.D. for such obscure films as Werewolves in the Rain, Vampires in the Retirement Community, Realtors in the Cave, and most notably, Zombies in the Snow, all of which are suggested to have secretly included warnings to V.F.D. members, encoded in the dialogue. The code, known as the Sebald Code, is his own creation. The code is detailed in Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography.
Soon before the Baudelaires’ arrival at Uncle Monty's residence, Count Olaf abducted Dr. Sebald and either forged or had forged a note of resignation to be given to Uncle Monty. He then proceeded to drown Dr. Sebald in the nearby Swarthy Swamp. Due to this, Dr. Sebald never actually met the Baudelaire orphans and so never directly appears in the main series.
Count Olaf, under the guise of Uncle Monty's new assistant Stephano, took Dr. Sebald's place in the Montgomery residence (a position which apparently required a great deal of responsibility and, on Monty's part, a great deal of trust) eight days after the Baudelaires first arrived. In accordance with the doctor's frequent habit of taking the children to a movie, the children, Olaf, and Uncle Monty went together to see Zombies in the Snow at the nearest multiplex (in the town of Tedia).
In the film it shows Sebald chained to the front of a moving train (probably because of Olaf).
Hector (Introduced in: "The Vile Village") is the handyman in the Village of Fowl Devotees. He is appalled at the many rules of the village (e.g., there are to be no mechanical devices, no crows are to be harmed, there are to be no books that break the rules.), but he was cowardly and could never bring himself to speak around the Council of Elders. He is described as having a knack for cooking Mexican cuisine. The roosting place of the VFD crows is the Nevermore Tree, which is located in Hector's backyard.
He has an unfinished self-sustaining hot air balloon in his shed, which is banned under the village rules. He also collected all the towns banned books and hid them in his barn instead of burning them. Violet Baudelaire, while under his care, helps him finish the hot air balloon. Near the conclusion of the novel, as the Baudelaires and Quagmires are running from a mob of villagers, Hector finally overcomes his fears when he appears in his (now functioning) balloon, scolds the Elders for their rules, and tries to help the Baudelaires and Duncan and Isadora Quagmire aboard. The Baudelaires are unable to make it (because Officer Luciana unravels the rope with a harpoon gun). He was last seen flying away with the Duncan and Isadora. In The End, it is revealed that he was captured by an unknown marine object that Kit Snicket refers to as "the Great Unknown", though it is not known if it harmed him or protected him.
Hector is almost certainly either a volunteer in V.F.D. or has some other connection to it. Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography quotes a letter from Jacques Snicket to Lemony Snicket that says, "I feel, Lemony, as if we are drifting away from one another, as if one of us is on the ground and the other is in some wondrous device, floating away into the sky, like that self-sustaining hot-air mobile home H is always talking about building," indicating that the brothers were familiar with Hector.
In "Who Could That Be at This Hour?", the first book of Snicket's All the Wrong Questions series, Hector, as a twelve-year-old, is shown, complete with a penchant for Mexican cuisine and hot air balloons. At this age, he is an apprentice in the VFD.
Dr. Isaac Anwhistle
Dr. Isaac "Ike" Anwhistle (Mentioned in: "The Wide Window" and "The Slippery Slope") is the late husband of Josephine Anwhistle, mentioned in The Wide Window and The Slippery Slope. His mother had one ear and one eyebrow, he had a brother named Gregor Anwhistle, and was a member of V.F.D. He died due to only waiting 45 minutes before going into Lake Lachrymose (the lake is infested with man-eating leeches as swimmers must wait one hour after eating before going into the lake or they could be eaten by the leeches). Ike was not only Aunt Josephine's husband, but her best friend and partner in grammar, as well as the only person Aunt Josephine knew who could whistle with crackers in his mouth; his specialty was Beethoven's Fourth Quartet. His Name is pronounced "I Can Whistle". According to Josephine, being able to whistle with crackers inside one's mouth was a family trait, so the Baudelaire orphans' mother could do this as well. Their mother's specialty was Mozart's Fourteenth Symphony. In Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography, the Duchess of Winnipeg writes to someone called K, saying it is impossible to keep these two letters (about the planned marriage of Lemony and Beatrice and the marriage of Esmé Squalor and Jerome Squalor) together, and for reasons that she does not need to explain, it is impossible for her to write to Mr. Snicket, and asked this K to get these letters to a safe place-perhaps with Ike (perhaps Ike Anwhistle) or the dairy farm K told her about.
Isadora Quagmire is introduced in The Austere Academy after her brother, Duncan, saves Violet, Klaus and Sunny from Carmelita Spats. She is a poet and often, she writes poems in the form of couplets (in which Klaus takes interest of her), and she quickly becomes best friends with the Baudelaires. At the end of the book, she and Duncan are whisked away by Count Olaf. In The Vile Village, she sends the Baudelaires couplets in order to find her and her brother. They were rescued, but they ended up living with Hector in his self-sustaing hot air balloon, leaving the Baudelaires behind.
In The End, she, along with Duncan and Quigley, were captured by The Great Unknown.
Ishmael (Introduced in: "The End") is the island's facilitator. He was once a member of V.F.D., and has the tattoo of the organization on his ankle, although he attempts to hide this. He claims that Count Olaf once locked him in a giant bird cage and burnt down his house, although Olaf counter-claims that he did not set that particular fire. Ishmael once knew the Baudelaire parents; they were the island's facilitators when he arrived, but he forced them into exile and imposed his own views on the island colony.
In his role as facilitator, Ishmael is in charge of solving the islander's problems, as well as sorting out all the things that they find on the coastal shelf. He is very capable at persuading the islanders to get rid of items they've discovered, telling them, "I won't force you", but giving them little other choice. His decisions on whether or not to keep the items are usually illogical, but the islanders follow his suggestions due to peer pressure and mob psychology- rather in the same way that Olaf used it in The Vile Village. Moreover, the coconut cordial that Ishmael persuades everyone to drink also plays a role in this because it serves as an opiate, making them drowsy and have difficulty making decisions for themselves. The items that Ishmael pronounces as useless are taken to the arboretum on the other side of the island on a sledge drawn by island sheep. He does not allow the islanders to keep secrets, but has many of his own; such as being able to walk despite claiming not to be able to, and eating the forbidden apples from the arboretum's tree. He claims that his feet are injured, preventing him from walking, and covers his feet with island clay. He claims the clay has magical healing powers, but he is really using it to hide the V.F.D. tattoo on his ankle, and frequently sneaks around to visit the arboretum when nobody is with him. Count Olaf thus described him as having feet of clay, a reference to a Biblical quotation meaning that one has a hidden weakness.
In the middle of the book, he had Count Olaf sealed inside a large birdcage and pressured the islanders into abandoning the Baudelaires on the island's coastal shelf, even though he knew that the shelf would soon flood, drowning the orphans and Olaf. Later, he met the Baudelaires in the arboretum, telling them to give up their former lives and lead a safe life on the island. Not long after, upon discovering that the islanders are mutinying against him, he revealed that he was able to walk and used a harpoon gun to shoot Count Olaf, fatally wounding him but inadvertently releasing the deadly Medusoid Mycelium.
Finally, he put the islanders' lives at stake by taking them away from the island on an outrigger and depriving them of a cure for the Medusoid Mycelium, although he had eaten a sample of the cure himself, which meant that he was "immunised" against the poison of the Medusoid Mycelium. Although the Incredibly Deadly Viper attempted to deliver a cure to the remaining islanders, it is unknown whether it succeeded.
Ishmael's name is taken from Herman Melville's novel Moby-Dick; he often asks people to 'call me Ish', a parody of Moby-Dick's opening sentence, 'Call me Ishmael'. However, only Count Olaf refers to him by this nickname.
Jacques Snicket, along with his siblings, is a member of V.F.D.. He has a tattoo of an eye is on his ankle, and because of this, and his one eyebrow, he was mistaken for Count Olaf in The Vile Village. He has two younger siblings, Lemony Snicket and Kit Snicket. He was murdered in jail as he was about to be burned at the stake by Count Olaf (disguised as Detective Dupin), who intended to frame Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire. Auguste Dupin was a fictional detective in Poe's story "The Murders in the Rue Morgue".
In Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography, it was revealed that Jacques is a good friend of Jerome Squalor and that Jerome follows his advice. It was because of Jacques that Jerome bought the penthouse apartment in 667 Dark Avenue, the purpose of this possibly to direct members of the secret organization V.F.D. to safe places prior to the schism. Jacques did not want Jerome Squalor to marry Esmé, and sent a letter warning Jerome, but the letter was intercepted, possibly by the Hook-Handed Man, who was disguised as a doorman. It was also revealed that Jacques disguises himself as a detective and is possibly the man who investigated the murder of Dr. Orwell, though this article was not published in the Daily Punctilio.
In The Vile Village, Jacques immediately recognized the Baudelaires, and tried to tell them about their parents. He was a known member of V.F.D. and was on the fire fighting side. Unfortunately, Esmé Squalor, disguised as a police officer, Officer Luciana, stopped him from any further explanations.
In The Grim Grotto, the Baudelaires found a message that was thought to be for Jacques, but decided (with the later confirmation of Captain Widdershins) that no one would send a message to Jacques, since he was dead. Captain Widdershins also mentioned that Jacques was formerly part of his crew on the Queequeg.
In The Penultimate Peril the Baudelaires learned that J.S., the mysterious receiver of the message in The Slippery Slope, was possibly both Justice Strauss and Jerome Squalor, following the footsteps of his deceased friend.
Josephine Anwhistle or Aunt Josephine (Introduced/Disappears in: "The Wide Window") is Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire's second cousin's sister-in-law, and becomes their guardian in The Wide Window.
Aunt Josephine thinks that grammar is the greatest joy in life. She keeps many books about Lake Lachrymose under her bed. These books include The Tides of Lake Lachrymose, The Bottom of Lake Lachrymose, Lachrymose Trout, The History of the Damocles Dock Region, Ivan Lachrymose - Lake Explorer, How Water Is Made and A Lachrymose Atlas.
Ever since her husband Isaac (Ike for short) was devoured by Lachrymose Leeches, she has developed numerous fears. These include concerns about:
- Lake Lachrymose
- Welcome mat - Someone might fall and break their neck (decapitate themselves in the film).
- Radiator - It might explode.
- Couch (refrigerator in movie) - It could fall and "crush you flat."
- Cars - The doors could get stuck, leaving someone trapped inside.
- Doorknobs - It could shatter into a million pieces, one of which may get in someone's eye.
- Telephone - It could electrocute someone.
- Stove - It might burst into flames.
- the Lachrymose Leeches - This is one of her more rational fears. If they smell food, they swarm in and attack.
- Chandelier - If it falls, it'll impale someone (in film)
- Realtors could take her house.
- The Black Death
- Avocados- The pit could become lodged in your throat.
- Hair in her face
Ironically, many of the things she fears actually happen in the film when her home falls into the lake. As in the film when the orphans finally return home from shopping, they see that the Wide Window, (the window that looks out onto Lachrymose Lake) has been broken. But Josephine stated that Hurricane Herman was coming and that they should prepare, (although, it is not stated how a hurricane can effect a house on a lake, it is perhaps just a violent wind storm that ended quickly.) So, as the wind picks up, Klaus goes to the kitchen to put away the food, but Violet notices the house shaking and she calls for Klaus who turns around. She then screams: Get away from the refrigerator! If it falls it could crush you flat! quoting Aunt Josephine's many fears. She tackles him aside and the fridge flies out the Wide Window. Klaus and Violet grab Sunny, falling to the floor, but rolling aside to avoid a falling chandelier, like Josephine said: Watch out for the chandelier, if it falls it could impale someone! They look up from the floor and see that the stove/oven have also broken away from the wall, leaving the gas pipe exposed and aflame, (this is one of the few fears that isn't actually used, as Aunt Josephine said it would burst into flames, but it didn't.) Then they see the gas pipe lands on the crystal doorknob, heating it red hot and shattering it to pieces when Violet says: Oh no... As they have their heads down, the radiator explodes, but they remain unharmed. When they finally lift their heads up they see that they are only suspended on a piece of floorboards held up by only a few suspension boards and a piece of wall that holds a decorative anchor. The orphans are about ten yards from the actual cliff, not jumping distance. Violet, tying her hair up in her red ribbon, gets the idea to use the anchor and a decorative fire extinguisher to roll the anchor over to the edge and break the board holding them up. As the board broke the floorboards rocked toward the cliff when they jumped off the boards onto the cliff. Then the boards fell into the lake and the children are safely on the stable ground.
In the end, Josephine pleads with Count Olaf (in his disguise of Captain Sham) to let her live by offering the Baudelaire children, the fortune, and the children's lives in exchange for her own safety, but instead pushes her overboard from a small sailboat after she corrected her own death sentence, literally. It is heavily implied that she meets the same fate as her husband; she is surrounded by leeches and her tattered life jackets are found later by fishermen at the time the orphans were in Prufrock Preparatory School, two books later. It is unknown if she is alive or dead. The Grim Grotto implies that she might still be alive. She is mentioned more times than any others of the Baudelaire's caregivers after her death (with the obvious exceptions of Count Olaf and Esmé Squalor.) She and Esmé Squalor are the only female guardians the Baudelaires have in the series.
- ^ Josephine gets over this fear in the course of the Baudelaires' stay. However, this leads to her undoing.
- ^ This is given some credence by Captain Widdershins when he says "we were attacked by... leeches and realtors" and explained briefly by Kit Snicket in Chapter 2 of The Penultimate Peril. It was mentioned that a cave (presumably Curdled Cave) was attacked by treacherous realtors. Although it may be for comedic relief, the word treacherous may mean that the realtors were members of the evil side of the V.F.D., and an attack of theirs caused her irrational fear of realtors. Fictional film director Dr. Gustav Sebald is also credited (in The Unauthorized Autobiography) with a film entitled Realtors in the Cave, further suggesting a V.F.D.-related incident. Also, the film explains that Josephine's fear of realtors is the reason that she has not moved from her dangerous house.
A kind old woman who cared for the Baudelaires while they lived with Count Olaf. She lent them a hand and allowed them to use her library, which helped them save their fortune from Olaf's clutches. She joined VFD after the Baudelaires left to Montgomery Montgomery, a.k.a. Uncle Monty. She looked for the children for a while and when she finally caught up with them, Hotel Denouement was burned down and they were separated once again. She appears in only two books, The Bad Beginning and The Penultimate Peril.
He is the husband of Esmé Squalor. He took care of the Baudelaires and he hates to argue with Esmé so he agrees with everything she says. When the Baudelaires said he should care for them in the end, he says he is too scared, and the Baudelaires take off again to another guardian. He Appears in The Ersatz Elevator and The Penultimate Peril.
Kit Snicket is the middle Snicket sibling and is the elder sister of author Lemony Snicket and has an elder brother named Jacques Snicket. She tells the Baudelaire children that she was only four years old when the schism occurred in V.F.D. She was a former suitor of Count Olaf.
She was first mentioned by name in The Grim Grotto as she was sending a letter to Gregor Anwhistle to not use the poisonous mushrooms, Medusoid Mycelium, against the enemies of V.F.D. and she is working on the way to dilute the poison at Opportune Odors Horseradish Factory on Lousy Lane. In The Carnivorous Carnival and The Slippery Slope, Lemony Snicket writes a letter to his sister (Kit Snicket).
In The Grim Grotto, Kit appears at Briny Beach to pick up the Baudelaire children in a taxi. In The Penultimate Peril, she drives them to the Hotel Denouement and shares some information with them about V.F.D. She is pregnant and possibly married to or at least in a romantic relationship with Dewey Denouement, as it was strongly indicated he was the father. It is also indicated that Kit has a house of some kind that she lives in, for on the bottom of page 33, Kit says, "I've scarcely looked at these maps, poems, and blueprints that Charles sent me, or chosen wallpaper for the baby's room." Kit Snicket is part of V.F.D and on the noble side of the schism. It was mentioned that she went water-skiing to meet Captain Widdershins, and she also hinted that she would end up on the self-sustaining hot air mobile home. She also told the Baudelaires that no one could be noble nor wicked, as that everyone is a little of each. In The End, Kit tells the Baudelaires that after she left them at the Hotel Denouement, she met with Captain Widdershins and his stepchildren, Fiona and Fernald. Together they repaired his submarine and reached the Quagmires just as the self-sustaining hot air mobile home was wrecked by eagles and crashed into the submarine. Kit was injured when a telegram device fell on both of her legs. She made a raft out of her favorite books, but all of the others were either captured or rescued by the mysterious question mark-shaped "Great Unknown". Kit's raft carries her to the same island where the Baudelaires and Count Olaf had been shipwrecked, thus giving Kit the opportunity to tell the children about the events described above. As Olaf is dying, Count Olaf kisses her gently on the mouth, saying that he told her he'd do that one last time, a possible implication that the two were romantically involved and romantically loved each other before Olaf became a villain. As Olaf dies, the two recite a bit of poetry together.
Kit later dies as well while giving birth because of her exposure to the Medusoid Mycelium spores. (The apple-horseradish hybrid would have cured her. However it would have harmed her unborn child in the process.) The Baudelaires end up being the "parents" of the baby after Kit told the Baudelaires to name the baby after one of their parents. She mentioned that it was a tradition to be named after those who had died in their family. Sunny replied with "that's ours, too."
In "13 Shocking Secrets You'll Wish You Never Knew About Lemony Snicket," secret #3 said that Lemony's niece is an orphan; presumably this is a reference to Kit's baby; however, it is unknown if Jacques had children as he is hardly mentioned throughout the series. It is possible that Jacques could have had a daughter and other children. A 2006 spin-off book, The Beatrice Letters, describes Kit's 10-year-old daughter Beatrice Baudelaire's search for her uncle, Lemony Snicket, and for the Baudelaire orphans who adopted her after her mother's death and named her after their own mother, Beatrice Baudelaire. In her childhood years before A Series of Unfortunate Events, she was tasked with investigating a fountain that Lemony was unable to help her with. In the rare edition of The Bad Beginning, one of Lemony's notes says "his sister", obviously Kit, has proposed that some of the eyes of Count Olaf's house hid secret peepholes, cameras, or microscopic lenses, as in the Baudelaire home. Lemony Snicket wrote the books at the request of his niece, Beatrice, when she was ten years of age, nine years after The End. During some of the previous novels, Lemony had encoded notes to his sister, which implied that he did not learn of her death for nine years, when he started researching the events of The End.
Klaus is the second Baudelaire sibling. He shows a great deal of his love for reading as written in the Reptile Room he uses his love of reading to show Mr. Poe about the Mamba du Mal (Incredibly Deadly Viper). In the Slippery Slope, when Violet and Quigley go up the slope to see who might be signaling them, Klaus stays at the destroyed V.F.D. headquarters and tries to fish as much info out of the burned library as he can. In the Penultimate Peril, Klaus tries to use his knowledge of the Dewey Decimal system to work his way around the hotel.
Larry (Introduced in: "The Wide Window") is a waiter in The Anxious Clown restaurant who serves the Baudelaires, Mr. Poe, and Count Olaf (disguised as Captain Sham) in The Wide Window. Larry is implied to be a member of VFD, as he uses the coded phrase "I didn't realize this was a sad occasion."
A similar waiter appears in The Unauthorized Autobiography, interrupting a taped conversation between Mr. Poe and his sister Eleanora in The Anxious Clown. In another letter, the writer says you must say "The world is quiet here" (V.F.D.'s pledge) in response to the waiter's, "I didn't realize this was a sad occasion" to get something. The letter from Captain S., in pages 109-110 makes it clear to us that someone finally did say the code ( If you are reading this letter it means you were able to contact the proper waiter at the Anxious Clown). It also was made clear that Lemony Snicket was the one who got the blueprints, Captain S stated in his post scriptum that he rather enjoyed your theatrical reviews in the Daily Punctilio, and was very sorry to hear you will no longer be writing them. Lemony Snicket was fired for making a bad review of Esmé Squalor.
In the 12th book The Penultimate Peril, Sunny Baudelaire overhears a conversation between the teachers from The Austere Academy and Hal, the staff member from Heimlich Hospital at an Indian restaurant. Hal repeats the same sentence ("I didn't realize this was a sad occasion") and is disappointed by Mrs. Bass's response ("It won't be if you feed us"). It is not revealed if Hal is directly affiliated with V.F.D. or not, even though he rooted for the Baudelaires in the following trial.
Lemony Snicket is the pen name used by Daniel Handler, author of A Series of Unfortunate Events. In his writings, there are references of him being in his own stories, such as him being the sibling of Jacques and Kit Snicket. Excerpts of letters written to a "Beatrice" in each novel of the series alludes to there being a romantic relationship between himself and Beatrice Baudelaire, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny's mother, this being confirmed in The Unauthorized Autobiography, released between the ninth and tenth novel instalments.
The Librarian is the member of V.F.D.. He appears in Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography and wears an unusual assortment of clothes. He asks a question from the book Ramona Quimby, Age 8, to identify other V.F.D. members. The phrase is "Well, young lady, have you been good to your mother?" it means "I have information for you." If a character replies "The question is, has she been good to me?" which might mean "I am ready for information."
Man with a beard but no hair, The woman with hair but no beard
The Man with a beard, but no hair and The Woman with hair, but no beard are two fictional, villainous judges first appearing in The Slippery Slope. They are said to have an "aura of menace", and even intimidate Count Olaf. They are first seen by Sunny Baudelaire at the peak of Mount Fraught, where they burned down V.F.D. headquarters and came to see Olaf. They had captured and retrained the V.F.D. Eagles, which obey their orders and even carry the pair with them when they fly.
In The Penultimate Peril, it was revealed that the pair of them were additionally two of the judges on the High Court (aside from Justice Strauss), and have been pretending to be interested in the Baudelaire case so that they could obtain all the information Justice Strauss had about the children. They then told Count Olaf everything they know to help him. At the end of The Penultimate Peril, a large fire consumes the Hotel Denouement and destroyed it while the two villains were inside, though it is unknown if they survived as they were not seen in the last book, The End.
Mrs. Miranda Caliban (Introduced in: "The End"; named after two characters in Shakespeare's The Tempest) is a castaway who appears in The End. Mrs. Caliban is described as a pleasant-looking woman on the island. She is the mother of Friday, who was the first person on the island to meet the orphans. Earlier in the book, Friday explains that her parents were shipwrecked while on a cruise ship. Her father was killed (eaten by a manatee) though this statement seems to be disproved later in the book, when Kit Snicket claims to have visited Mrs. Caliban's husband a short time ago. Ishmael also states in the book that he had convinced Miranda to tell Friday that her father had died in a manatee accident to cover up the truth. Mrs. Caliban thinks Count Olaf may have an associate by the name of Thursday, whom some believe is her husband. Miranda Caliban is related to Olivia Caliban (Madame Lulu) through marriage (Thursday Caliban is Olivia's brother). Mrs. Caliban seems to agree with Ishmael on most issues and is horrified to learn that her daughter has secretly learned to read, despite that she herself is secretly learning backstroke.
Dr. Montgomery "Monty" Montgomery (Introduced/Killed in: "The Reptile Room") is Bertrand Baudelaire's cousin's brother-in-law and Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire's second guardian, but he prefers to be called Uncle Monty. He appears solely in The Reptile Room. It is thought that his name is inspired by Monty Python, as he is a herpetologist (one who studies snakes) whose first name is Monty.
Uncle Monty is a "fat, short, chubby man with a round red face." He discovered the Incredibly Deadly Viper (which is in fact not deadly at all). When the Baudelaires first meet him, he gives them homemade coconut cream cake, and the Baudelaires instantly warm to him. He plans to take them to Peru with his assistant Gustav, but receives Gustav's apparent letter of resignation the day before (it is later revealed that Gustav was actually killed by Count Olaf), so Uncle Monty hires "Stephano" (Count Olaf in disguise) in his place. The Baudelaires quickly recognize Stephano as Olaf. Uncle Monty, on the other hand, thinks that Stephano is a jealous spy from the herpetology society, there to steal the Incredibly Deadly Viper, which he has not yet revealed to the society. When the Baudelaires tried to tell Uncle Monty Stephano's true identity, he misunderstood them, thinking that they were saying that Stephano's "plan to steal the Incredibly Deadly Viper" was as despicable as Olaf, rather than Stephano actually being Olaf. Then, he tore up Stephano's ticket. This does not stop Olaf, who murders Uncle Monty (using snake venom). Olaf then blames it on the Mamba Du Mal (the Incredibly Deadly Viper in the movie), another snake owned by Uncle Monty. The Baudelaires escape Olaf, but they never again find a nicer or more caring guardian than Uncle Monty. Uncle Monty also had some connection to the Quagmire family because there is a tunnel connecting the two houses.
Snicket's autobiography indicates that Uncle Monty's death may be partly attributable to his failure to learn Sebald Code, with which a message intended for him was hidden in the movie Zombies in the Snow, which he had taken the children to see.
In the film, Klaus sees Uncle Monty with a spyglass similar to the one he found in his father's desk drawer, and later finds one that belongs to Aunt Josephine. Klaus also found a picture with his parents, Aunt Josephine, Uncle Monty, and other presumably VFD members, all holding spyglasses. Billy Connolly portrays Monty in the film. He is older and one of the more sympathetic characters in the movie. He gives the children a wonderful home, but faces the same fate as the other sympathetic guardians. In the book, Monty dearly wishes to have a family, but never found the right woman; in the movie Monty had a wife and children, but they were killed by yet another arson attack (possibly by Count Olaf).
On the book cover Monty's hair is red and in the movie it is grey. But in the video game his hair is black.
In the book "Who could that be at this hour?", Monty is mentioned by Hector in the final chapter.
Count Olaf was the Baudelaire's first guardian, either their 3rd cousin 4 times removed or their 4th cousin 3 times removed. He was desperate for the fortune. Olaf appears in each book, often in various disguises. He always has an evil scheme to steal the Baudelaire fortune.
He may or may not have been in a previous relationship with Lemony's sister, Kit Snicket, as before he dies (in "The End"), he and Kit recite poetry together.
Olaf has only one eyebrow, and a tattoo of an eye on his bare ankle.
Various anagrams of his name appear in the series, such as Al Funcoot, in "The Bad Beginning", the author of "The Marvellous Marriage". His 'acting troupe', otherwise known as his associates, including Fernald, the hook handed man, and the person who looked like neither a man nor a woman, and later, Esmé Squalor.
Olivia Caliban (Introduced/Killed in: "The Carnivorous Carnival") appears solely in The Carnivorous Carnival. She works as a fortune teller at Caligari Carnival, where she is under the alias of Madame Lulu. She speaks in broken English, with a thick fake accent.
She is a fraudulent fortune-teller, believing that people should be given what they want. She uses a lighting device to make others believe that her powers are real. The invention, operated by reflecting beams of the sunrise, tricks guests into believing that magical lightning fills the tent, as well as creating a magical-sounding hum. She collects papers that she finds and stores them in her secret archival library, and uses these as her sources for answers. The hum muffles the sound of her shuffling through papers in her library while she has her guests close their eyes. Count Olaf does not know that Madame Lulu is a fraud, and does not know her real name. He believes in her powers, as she is the one that provided him with information about the Baudelaire orphan's whereabouts.
The Baudelaires discover Olivia's trickery, and she reveals her true identity to them. She also discovers who they are. She promises to not tell Olaf they are at the carnival if she can escape to the Mortmain Mountains, where the V.F.D headquarters are, with them.
A fan belt used in Olivia's lightning device could have been used to make the rusted roller coaster carts work and would have been used as the escape vehicle. However, at the end of The Carnivorous Carnival, Olivia accidentally falls into the lion pit dug by Olaf and his henchman and is devoured.
It is implied, but not explicitly stated, that she is a member of V.F.D.. The Grim Grotto reveals that she once knew Captain Widdershins. It is strongly implied that she is in love with Count Olaf, earning her the enmity of Olaf's then-girlfriend Esmé Squalor.
She is also related to Miranda Caliban.
Duchess of Winnipeg
The Duchess of Winnipeg (also known as R) is a rich socialite whose masked ball Lemony Snicket attended with Beatrice. Her house was later burnt down, but she survived. In Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography, a letter suggests that somebody is impersonating her in communications with Lemony Snicket. She is first mentioned in Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography. She possibly had a son or daughter in the Snow Scouts, as when Esmé Squalor was talking about all the fortunes she'd get, she mentioned the Winnipeg fortune.
In The End, it is revealed that the Winnipeg family possessed a ring marked with an R that was passed down from one Duchess of Winnipeg to the next from generation to generation. When the current Duchess of Winnipeg's mother died in the fire that destroyed her house, the current Duchess of Winnipeg inherited the ring and, when she joined V.F.D., she gave it to Lemony Snicket. Lemony had offered the ring to his lover, Beatrice, but she later returned it to him, so Lemony gave the ring to Kit Snicket, who gave it to the Baudelaire father, Betrand, who gave it to the Baudelaire mother, Beatrice, when they married. Beatrice kept the ring in a wooden box which could only be opened with a wooden key that was kept in a wooden box which could only be opened by a code the grandfather of the Snicket siblings taught Kit and Lemony. The wooden box was burned to ashes when the Baudelaire mansion was destroyed and Captain Widdershins found the ring in the wreckage only to lose it in a storm at sea, and the ring eventually was washed to the shores of the island where the Baudelaires were stranded on in Book the Thirteenth. Ishmael found the ring and gave it to the Baudelaire children, who gave it to their adopted daughter, Beatrice, who is Kit Snicket's daughter, and who, as revealed in The Beatrice Letters, exchanged it to shepherds for a yak ride to the cave her uncle often resided in.
In The Beatrice Letters, it is revealed that the Duchess was classmates and good friends with Beatrice (the elder), and she has played cards with Lemony Snicket before, and defeated him, winning quite a bit of his pen collection. It is also revealed that the death of the current Duchess of Winnipeg's mother caused Geraldine Julienne to become the new fashion editor. In Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography, the Duchess of Winnipeg writes several letters to Lemony, in one mentioning that she gave her annual lecture at the Orion University one night and had lost possession of many of her belongings, including her beloved snacks, furniture, tables, chairs, drapes, grand staircase, houseplant, cloth napkins (which are embroidered with the crest of Winnipeg), the wigs she used to disguise herself like someone Lemony disguised himself as, cigar box, childhood bed, and every book in her private library, seemingly because of a fire most likely committed by arson. Her letter also heavily implies that the time she wrote it was after the events of A Series of Unfortunate Events. The Duchess of Winnipeg also writes to someone called K (possibly Kit), saying it is impossible to keep these two letters (about the planned marriage of Lemony and Beatrice and the marriage of Esmé Squalor and Jerome Squalor) together, and for reasons that she does not need to explain, it is impossible for her to write to Mr. Snicket, and asked this K to get these letters to a safe place-perhaps with Ike (perhaps Ike Anwhistle) or the dairy farm K told her about. This seems to suggest that the others are fake and Snicket says he 'fears the worst' due to the nature of one of the fake letters and its method of delivery. This means that it is entirely possible that the duchess is dead.
In The Grim Grotto Klaus finds an example of the Verse Flunctuation Declaration code in which the poem My Last Duchess by Robert Browning is changed to My Last Wife by Obert Browning; the code is "Duchess R", but the children don't get any further information on her.
In The End, someone shouts "I think we should return to Winnipeg!", suggesting that the Duchess is alive and living on the island.
In The Grim Grotto, he finds Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire at sea while he is looking for the sugar bowl and takes them aboard the Queequeg. He is extremely emphatic, with almost all of his sentences being exclamations, and permeates his speech with the word "Aye!" His personal philosophy is "He who hesitates is lost", which the Baudelaires find to be unreasonable. Captain Widdershins is considered the eleventh guardian of the Baudelaires. He seems aware that Fiona takes a fancy to Klaus (he accuses them of flirting when Fiona is surprised that Klaus knows what a mycologist is), stating that if Klaus finds the sugar bowl, he will "allow [Klaus] to marry Fiona."
After sending the Baudelaires and Fiona into the Gorgonian Grotto, he and Phil appear to desert the Queequeg. The reason may have to do with a woman who approached the Queequeg to tell Captain Widdershins something involving him being required to leave the submarine. In The Penultimate Peril, Kit Snicket says that she intends to meet Captain Widdershins and is later mentioned water-skiing towards and, soon after, away from him.
Kit had contacted all three of the Quagmire triplets as well as their guardian, Hector, and had met with them and the crew of the Queequeg when their self-sustaining mobile home crashed into it. This reunion was short-lived, however, as all of the crew as well as the triplets were picked up by the mysterious '?' Shape (dubbed by Kit Snicket as 'The Great Unknown'). Another note to make is that though he himself stated that The Great Unknown was "something worse than Olaf himself", he seemed to insist to take his chances with it, as mentioned by Kit Snicket in The End. It is possible that Captain Widdershins also has, or had, a fortune because when Count Olaf is talking about all the fortunes he will obtain, he says "the Widdershins fortune".
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They are the members of V.F.D. They burnt the V.F.D office in Mortmain Mountains (The Slippery Slope). They were Olaf's associates.
Gustav Sebald's sister, Sally Sebald (maybe a member). The Quagmire parents are members. A man named C. M. Kornbluth is said to be a member. A younger VFD agent named L.F. is said to be a member but his real name is unknown.
- Count Olaf's theater troupe
- List of supporting A Series of Unfortunate Events characters
- p. 13, The End
- p. 84, The Penultimate Peril
- p. 208, The Grim Grotto
- "An Excerpt From the Austere Academy". LemonySnicket.com. Retrieved 2008-09-14.
- Snicket, Lemony. A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book the Thirteenth: The End. New York: Harper Collins. 2006. 63, 85-86,99, 142, 174, 245, 251, 296.