What was Colette’s mission?
In “The Penultimate Peril”, the three Freaks from Caligari Carnival encounter the Baudelaires orphans on three separate occasions. Each of them witness Violet, Klaus and Sunny commit an act of dubious morality. And each of them, as Olaf later points out in his confrontation with Dewey, works out a part of the (alledged) plan to bring the sugar bowl to the laundry room of Hotel Denouement. Their mission can be summarized thusly:
- Hugo disguised himself as an attendant to cater to Carmelita’s and Esme’s needs while they looked at the sky, searching for special delivery crows from the fire-fighting side of the Schism,
- Kevin disguised himself as a
washerwomanwasherperson to lurk around the basement, where the sugar bowl was expected to drop,
- Colette disguised herself as a chemist because…
…well, that’s a good point, actually. Why a chemist? It seems a bit random, in comparison to her two colleagues who are disguised as Hotel Denouement employees and would as such monitor VFD activities more discreetly. Or maybe Colette was needed to perform actual chemistry? Let’s try to work out the secret assignement Olaf and Esme gave her after the cut.
NOTE TO READERS: This article relies on several elements of our theory regarding Justice Strauss. We recommend you read it before delving into this one.