Great 667 Re-Read 2019 - The Bad Beginning Feb 26, 2019 17:45:12 GMT -5
Post by Carrie E. Abelabudite on Feb 26, 2019 17:45:12 GMT -5
I don't think they can all have been in VFD originally. Fernald was part of the organisation before he teamed up with Olaf, but I think the rest of them just became de facto members when they joined the troupe, like we see with the freaks later. They do seem more like equals here; maybe the stress of not getting the Baudelaire fortune pushes Olaf into ordering them around more.
It is surprising how Count Olaf's theater troupe are described more as friends here, when he treats them through the series more as servants, maybe they knew each other more as VFD comrades before this point?
I don't know if Olaf had already planned to marry Violet at this point. Certainly when the Baudelaires show up at his house, he seems to think he can get the money just by asking them to give it to him. He later tells Klaus to use it to buy a bed, so I don't think he really understands all the regulations surrounding the fortune until he gets reminded of it at the end of Chapter Four. I like this idea, though.
Could possibly be that they were already rehearsing the play, with someone else as the Bride, who was then fired.
Yeah, that seems likely.
The idea of somebody waiting outside the bedroom window suggests that Lemony, or someone else was definitely researching the Baudelaires while the events were occurring.
I think the RE suggests it was used for the Quagmire fire.
Why is Olaf making the Baudelaires chop wood? For him to start fires with?
Good question. In the Netflix series, they disapprove of how focused Olaf is on the Baudelaires when he should be committing acts of villainy on a wider scale - maybe that's also the case here. TSS makes it seem like Olaf hasn't been in contact with the Duo recently, anyway.
And I know that Count Olaf wants to appear neighbourly, but surely if he needed a Justice, couldn't he have gotten one of the Sinister Duo to do it?
Publicly, Olaf is always quick to denounce the importance of reading and literature, so he probably wouldn't want word to get out that he actually writes plays. Maybe he also didn't want to be the Baudelaires to be suspicious.
Why did Olaf feel the need to disguise his play under Al Funcoot?