V.F.D. also appear to have been dependent on Ink Inc. in Stain'd-by-the-Sea, at least according to peripheral promotional materials, and that company is hardly squeaky-clean either. My reading is that the organisation was completely desperate and simply couldn't afford to go out of their way to put Sir out of business (or look elsewhere for their ink). Quite frankly, I suspect that there are many tycoons like Sir in the Averse, petty dictators of a sort, and it wasn't necessarily within V.F.D.'s power to stop them; they seem to be more focussed on the mysterious, helping only when they can, which is not always.
As for the police, the authorities in the Averse are likely ruled by incompetence and corruption, occasionally enforcing justice but probably somewhat limited in their scope. Sir appears to have de facto rule over Paltryville, and it's not necessarily clear that outside forces are particularly aware of how he operates; given that Mr. Poe was surprised and unhappy to find Sunny employed as a receptionist in TAA, I doubt he expected the Baudelaires to be literally working in the lumbermill in TMM.
I think that although the work was difficult and the pay was unacceptable, it was a job, and the workers were given a roof over their heads and one meal a day. It's pretty abysmal, but they could survive.
Also, I think they could have quit if they had wanted to, but none of them did until Phil.
Faith is being sure about what we hope for, being convinced about things we do not see. Hebrews 11:1 For God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16
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