'The Baudelaire youngsters looked around and saw that not only had Count Olaf vanished, but his accomplices- the wart-faced man, the hook-handed man, the bald man with the long nose, the enormous person who looked like niether a man not a woman, and the two white-faced women-had vanished along with him.'
Whenever I can get my hands on a copy, I'll check the second book for any sign of him, but there isn't any that I can remember.
The man is first mentioned on page 134 (He adjusts the lights) and he does his evil deed on page 156.
'For as everyone laughed at Sunny's cry for cake, the important-looking man wiuth all the warts on his face was sneaking toward the controls for the lighting of the theater. Quick as a wink, the man flicked the main switch so that all the lights went off and everyone was standing in darkness.'
On page 47 where the main villains through the whole series are introduced, the wart-faced man isn't. It's probably not a very important thing to point out, but it could be a clue. "
So, the question sits... who is this Wart Faced man? I haven't seen him in any of the other books, so that immediately brings to mind two possible conclusions.
He was supposed to be a henchman, but got lost in the shuffle. If this is true though, why wasn't he introduced with the rest of them back on page 47? Wes Coleford brings up the fact that WFM does make a reappearance later in the series. He writes that the WFM appears in TCC, possibly used by Olaf to incite the mob psychology to kill the Bauds.
The other thought is a lot more off the wall, and more disturbing to contemplate. The Wart Faced man is Lemony Snicket. Which would explain anumber of things. Why we never see his face for example. It would explain the quote from one of the books about getting wart removal cream from your birthday. It would also explain why he wasn't intro'ed with the rest of Olaf's cronies. However, if he is Snicket, why would he let Olaf and Crew get away?
What is very potentially the answer has come up on the Lemony Snicket site. There, there is located a song about Count Olaf and his cronies, and on it, is mentioned "One Bald Headed Man who is covered with Warts" or something to that effect. So, it is possible that the Bald man with the big nose is the Wart Faced Man. However, why wouldn't Snicket mention him elsewhere?
Terry Craig: that was an ace retort tbh, jean
Jan 25, 2020 22:10:11 GMT -5
emiliedenouement: Happy Year of the Rat! It is the setting of ASOUE...
Jan 26, 2020 23:01:48 GMT -5
emiliedenouement: also Book Club starting in Feb. w/ The Great Gatsby! Please join!
Jan 26, 2020 23:02:38 GMT -5
jeanlucio10: 75th ANNIVERSARY OF THE LIBERATION OF GERMAN NAZI CONCENTRATION AND EXTERMINATION CAMP AUSCHWITZ 27 JANUARY 2020.
Jan 27, 2020 21:25:07 GMT -5
jeanlucio10: I would like to read now a short story written by Lemony Snicket about how VFD helped to defeat Nazism. This would be interesting to introduce the subject to children.
Jan 27, 2020 21:27:54 GMT -5
jeanlucio10: "Anne Frank - the Diary of a Young Girl",could be the book club's third book? I haven't read this one either.
Jan 27, 2020 21:35:14 GMT -5
Terry Craig: I think the historical events are interesting enough on their own, and don't need to be taught just to introduce children to Lemony Snicket.
Jan 27, 2020 21:35:21 GMT -5
jeanlucio10: You're right Terry.
Jan 27, 2020 21:36:40 GMT -5
jeanlucio10: This request of mine was a selfish appeal from my heart, disguised as a request on behalf of the children.
Jan 27, 2020 21:37:59 GMT -5
𝓑𝓮𝓪𝓻: i know anne frank was a belieber but i wonder if she was in the VFD too
Jan 27, 2020 21:58:29 GMT -5
jeanlucio10: I just read a 2013 report about your comment 𝓑𝓮𝓪𝓻, so I can understand the meaning. Through this report, I realized that there are people more self-centered than me.
Jan 27, 2020 22:46:00 GMT -5
Hermes (or Herms): If we manage to have Bearies this year, I know who I will nominate for Best Pairing.
Jan 28, 2020 6:20:44 GMT -5
Terry Craig: bearlucio? beanlucio? jear?
Jan 28, 2020 19:32:02 GMT -5
emiliedenouement: Baruch HaShem for safety! Never forget! And ha, that might indeed be a good short fic. And sure, we could do that for the 3rd book.
Jan 28, 2020 22:10:22 GMT -5