Hey man, really enjoy your work, I've been getting back into the series since the Netflix adaption has come out and your theories are amazing and really add another level to the already great story Lemony Snicket has written for us. Anyway, my question is; is there an unanswered question/mystery that you would really like a concrete answer to? I'm sure you probably have a theory for every single one of them anyway haha. Thanks again for all your great work
Hey, @expihelladopeness! That’s a really good question. Some of the series’ mysteries are supposed to be left unanswered because Handler was making a point about the unknowable nature of the universe, the importance of doubting one’s conclusions and the crushing realization you can’t know everything when you reach adulthood. Part of the Baudelaire orphans’ character arc is the acceptance that they’re not going to make sense of it all and the world is extremely complex. So Handler were to reveal everything, it would just undo the moral themes of the last thirteen books.
That being said, he’s also said that the entire sugar bowl mystery is solvable and that some readers did guess the solution. So at this point maybe he should just make the explanation official in an interview or something. Less migraines for us!
On a more personal note, I’d say the mysteries which trouble me the most are the ones which affect the characters’ motivations and actions. It’s difficult to care about these people when you never hear WHY they do the things they do:
Why did Beatrice eventually choose not to marry Lemony?
What would drive Beatrice, Kit and Bertrand to assassinate Olaf’s parents?
Why does Esme care about getting the sugar bowl so much? Why does she feel it’s “hers” and not anyone else’s?
Why did Olaf and Kit’s relationship start? Why did it end?
I’m perfectly okay with narrative ambiguity but it shouldn’t get in the way of character development. There’s so much basic information we never got about these important players… After a certain point it crosses the line from “intriguing” to “frustrating”.
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Theodore- Black and white spotted boy, weighing in at 16 lbs and 8 years old. Son of Angel and always grumpy.
Angel- calico soft girl, 12 lbs and 9 years old. Oldest, sassiest, kindest kitty in the house.
Merlin- brown tabby kitten boy, 6 lbs and barely 6 months old. A little shit.
Gilligan- brown tabby boy, 20 freaking lbs and like 6 years old. Fat and lazy.
Serenity- dilute tortie girl, 9 lbs and 5 years old. Small and growls at Dexter all the time.
Dexter- orange tabby boy, 16 lbs and 8 years old. Likes to yell and cuddle.
Something weird I noticed on my reread of Slippery Slope. Lemony mentions his grandmother when describing what happened in the stronghold and the Baudelaires would never experience. Considering he and his siblings had been kidnapped and he'd only be able to meet with VFD operatives pretending to be parents I'd assumed his family was new to the VFD. This one little throwaway line has me thinking and I'm lost.
I don’t think Lemony’s family was new to V.F.D. The Snicket mansion was built with Sir’s special emerald wood, which is mostly for the headquarters or the organization. The cheesemakers of the Volunteer Farm Dairy are also mentioned as members of V.F.D.
In fact it is said that V.F.D. usually kidnaps the children of people who were already part of the organization. In the reunion transcript of the V.F.D. building committee, it is explicitly said that the volunteers ask the parents’ permission before taking in the children, which would require them knowing about the organization.
On the day you officially join the organization, you will hear a noise outside your home. It may sound like the howl of a wolf, the cawing of a crow, the hissing of a snake, the chirping of a cricket, the engine of an automobile, the keys of a typewriter, the striking of a match, or the turning of a page. The noise will come in the middle of the night, the middle of the morning, or, in very rare cases, late in the afternoon. Ask your parents what the noise was. If they reply “nothing”, they are replying in code, because there is never “nothing” outside one’s home. If you are interested in volunteering, answer your parents with the following question: “If there’s nothing out there, then what was that nouse?” We will be listening, and will know it is safe to act. [The un-Authorized Autobiography, pp. 190-191]
So the Snicket family has clearly worked with V.F.D. for at least one generation. Besides Lmony never says his grandmother was part of it, only that his grandmother’s almond cookie recipe was used at one of their headquarters. But we know Lemony lived there for some time so it’s equally possible that he simply introduced V.F.D. to his nana’s recipe. We know from “All The Wrong Questions” that Lemony is very partial to almond cookies and a great cook.
Sunny would never operate the projector in the movie room, or
practice the art of the fake mustache in the disguise center, or sit in the parlor at tea time and
eat the almond cookies made from my grandmother’s recipe. [The Slippery Slope, Chapter Twelve]
hey guys! Really sorry about the lack of content lately. I’ve not had much to draw from. I’m going to see a movie, so in the meantime, tell me some stuff you’d like to see me draw! And not just requests- maybe like what speed draws you’d like to see, or some tutorials or tips, personal questions, would you rathers- anything! I’ve really been at a creative valley, so anything would help, and I’d love to hear from you more! Thanks! 💛
Hi Sleuth, I Love Your Blog. Your Theory's Are Always So Well Though Out. I'm On The Last Book Of ATWQ And There's Something Bothering Me, Where Is Jacques? Is There Any Clue Anywhere Of What He Was Up To During The Events Of ATWQ?
Ugh, I know. The marketing team for “All The Wrong Questions” had a tendancy to hype up Jacques’ possible apperance in the last book but nothing came out of it. There are only two mentions of Jacques in the series:
“But sir—” my
sister was saying, but I had to interrupt her again. “Give Jacques my
regards,” I said, which was a phrase which here meant two things. One was “I
must get off the phone.” The other thing the phrase meant was exactly what it
said. [When Did You See Her Last?, Chapter One]
A very long time
ago, my brother and I played a game each morning while we waited for the school
bus to arrive. We called the game Beethoven, and my sister refused to play
because she thought it was inane. “Inane” is a word which here means that my
brother and I would pretend we couldn’t hear each other very well while we were
talking. “Jacques,” I would
say, beginning the game, “what do you think of the weather this morning?” “Feather?” he would
say. “I’m not wearing a feather this morning. This is just a hat.” [Shouldn’t You Be In School?, Chapter Eleven]
Given Lemony’s comment to Kit, Jacques is probably undergoing his own V.F.D. apprenticeship in the city. So he’s conveniently busy with secret missions for the sake of the plot. However I do think something weird is going on with Lemony’s memories of Jacques. I wrote a theory about this: (Link).