"I will remember a day, a long time ago, when I didn't bring a flashlight with me to a place where I should have brought a flashlight, and the results were disasterous. Why didn't I bring a flashlight, I think to myself, even though it is to late to do anything about it. I should have brought a flashlight." (TRR, pg. 44)
Post by thedoctororwell on Oct 9, 2010 3:06:03 GMT -5
It's one of these many anecdotes about his personal life which keep popping out - but that doesn't mean they have any connection to the main storyline. At one point in TMM he recalls a swordfight with a TV repairman, for example !
Yet I've always thought there was a significance to this passage while re-reading TPP... If we assume that Lemony was the infamous taxi driver, maybe a flashlight would have made clear to him that these three children were the Baudelaire orphans - or maybe the flashlight would have shown his face to the children, and, seeing how much he looks like his siblings Kit and Jacques, they would have followed him in his taxi. Everything then might have turned out differently.
Longtemps, toujours, ma main dans ta crinière lourde sèmera la perle, le rubis, le saphir, afin qu'à mon désir tu ne sois jamais sourde ! N'est-tu pas l'oasis où je rêve, et la gourde d'où je hûme à longs traits le vin du souvenir ? BAUDELAIRE, "La chevelure" from "Les fleurs du Mal."
I don't think he's talking about any time in particular; it's just another one of his many anecdotes about strange events in his past, except the only characteristic this one has is that he didn't bring a flashlight. These sorts of flashback are much more developed in the later books, but this is only TRR.
Edit: If you want to speculate about somewhere it might've been, though, the pitch-black ersatz elevator passage or other such secret passages could certainly use illumination.