Did Mrs Bass steal the Baudelaire fortune?
Oft-mentioned, seldom used, the Baudelaire fortune is the subject of immense scrutiny. Olaf wants to steal it, the Baudelaire orphans plan on inheriting it, Arthur Poe tries to manage it… And yet the reader never sees a penny of it. Sunny even calls it a “McGuffin” in the final chapter of the last book: a meaningless distraction which drives the plot forward.
But the more obscure sub-plots of “The Penultimate Peril” tell another story: that of Mrs. Bass, an unlikely bank robber, and of Mr. Poe, who reappears at Hotel Denouement for a mysterious and dark purpose. Did something happen to the Baudelaire fortune after all?
If you ever wondered what would happen if a character from “A Series Of Unfortunate Events” actually read “A Series Of Unfortunate Events”, you’re in for a surprise. Find out more after the cut.
Note to readers: This theory builds up on several analyses written in the past about the plot of the series. We highly advise you read them before delving into this one:
- What was Colette’s mission? (Link)
Who was the “real” J.S.? (Link)
- Did Lemony stalk the Baudelaire orphans from his taxi? (Link)