Was the Duchess’ letter real?
One of the most controversial documents in Lemony Snicket’s un-Authorized Autobiography is a letter he receives from his good friend R., the Duchess of Winnipeg. This happens right as he’s investigating the events of “The Ersatz Elevator”:
This letter reached me at Veblen Hall, where I am waiting to interview some of the caterers about who exactly was driving the car that terrible day. […] These photographs could have been stolen from her mansion the night of the party, or could have been manufactured somehow - perhaps by the advanced computer ar Prufrock Preparatory School.
[Lemony Snicket’s un-Authorized Autobiography, p.30]
The letter is shock-full of inconsistencies and plot-holes, to the point Lemony immediately starts to fear the worst. Is somebody impersonating the Duchess? Where is the real Duchess now and what happened to her?
We’ll end this nerve-wracking anxiety after the cut.