In TUA and TBL there are mentions of "O" and it seems very likely to be Olaf. I agree- this is most likely Olaf. In the books he is only ever referred to as Count Olaf, Olaf, The boss or any of the fake names he uses in books 2-8. When people become counts their last name is usually used. Count [insert last name]. So we can assume that Olaf's surname is Olaf. Why then is he referred to as "O" if most volunteers are referred by their first names? There's no doubt it's Olaf, it just seemed a little strange....especially in TBL when Lemony is in code class and refers to Olaf as "O." So either everyone called Olaf by his last name, he only has one name, or O is not Olaf? Thoughts?
Most V.F.D. documents, including even their private and coded communication, tends to refer to characters by initial only. Look at R. - and Kit was known only as K. for several books. It seems pretty consistent to me for volunteers to generally refer to Olaf as O., even in private correspondence. As for the surname problem, I think it's generally agreed that it probably doesn't matter; Olaf is clearly Olaf's first name.
Post by Hermes (or Herms) on Oct 19, 2011 15:04:33 GMT -5
The way titles work differs a lot between countries. Sometimes a count is count of a place, but might use his first name informally so as distinguish himself from his father. So he might be Olaf, Count of Katzenellenbogen, but known as Count Olaf - rather as Humfrey, Duke of Gloucester, founder of the Oxford University library, is commonly known as Duke Humfrey.
Another possibility is that in some countries every member of a noble family is a count, but only the head of the family is the Count - so perhaps his brother is the Count of Katzenellenbogen, while he is just Count Olaf of Katzenellenbogen.
'The difference between the two sides of the schism is that one side puts out fires, and the other starts them' - Klaus Baudelaire.
I do think there is one exception, though; in TBL where Lemony says 'I keep forgetting to call O "L",' I think O is Olivia, and he is forgetting to call her 'Lulu'.
Interesting theory! I don't think Olivia is the O that was in the transcript. Olivia/Madame Lulu would never have refused to leave the VFD meeting that O wasn't invited to as it would contradict her philosophy to always give people what they want. (And the meeting members wanted O out of the meeting.)
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...
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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.
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Terry Craig: bearlucio? beanlucio? jear?
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