Post by Sherry Ann on Apr 12, 2009 14:48:06 GMT -5
Probably. In THE END, though, I think he's trying to say that the sugar bowl is "over" whether it was destroyed, or discovered, or still sitting in the bottom of that pond, he's probably saying "Yes the Baudalaire's went back to the world, yes they uncovered more mysteries, but the sugar bowl is- for lack of a better word- done"
Even now, after years of reading the whole series, when I think about it, it haunts me--it even bothers me..i am very eager to know the whereabouts of the survivors including the baudelaire children and the quagmire triplets. i also want to know the answers about the sugar bowl and other stuff that are considered as 'clues' to the whole series.
I'm not sure the initial is proof: Beatrice, living in disguise, might have adopted another name that begins with R.
But I still don't think the theory can work. In TBL there are lots of references to Beatrice and R as two different people who know each other; they are mountain-climbing partners; Lemony plays cards with R while Beatrice is away; he even suggests she might marry R (though unfortunately it will be quite some time before this is allowed). If they were the saem person I don't see how the deception could be kept up.
On the other hand, if they were such good friends it's just about plausible that the death of R. might lead B. to take up her role in tribute... but that'd need a lot of narrative justification that just isn't in the series; that is, it'd be an important story that would need to be told, as well as a crucial plot point potentially affecting the thematic outcome of the series, and we just don't get any of that. Might make a good fanfic, though.
I don't think he should answer all the questions. Places like this are made to enjoy what COULD be! But some of the answers are just too vague. What is The Great Unkonwn? YOu say it's "death" but Olaf didn't want to be seen on their radar, so it isn't "death". It's a submarine. In which case, who is IN the submarine? MOre questions! Does V.F.D. really mean Volunteer Fire Department? What happened to the quagmires? To the Baudelaires?
What is The Great Unkonwn? YOu say it's "death" but Olaf didn't want to be seen on their radar, so it isn't "death". It's a submarine. In which case, who is IN the submarine? MOre questions!
Sometimes, the literal interpretation doesn't make any sense. The figurative interpretation is much more meaningful.
Does V.F.D. really mean Volunteer Fire Department?
We know practically everything about V.F.D. I don't think there's really any reason for its name to be something different to what Lemony outright stated, given how well it fits V.F.D.'s actions and principles.
What happened to the quagmires? To the Baudelaires?
I think a more open-ended conclusion rather than a blanket statement about what happened to them is probably more satisfying, and makes more sense with the kind of world the series is set in. It's a choice between what we got, and the characters dying, frankly - just like Count Olaf. "And they never did anything interesting for the rest of their lives" was never really an option.