No, I REALLY doubt he is VFD. BUT it could be that somehow he has a grudge against VFD, or against the world cos of something that VFD caused....
Perhaps he was formerly a member of V.F.D.---after all, he would need to know about the organization and be somehow affiliated with them to hold a grudge against them. However, if Sir had something against members of the V.F.D., why would he supply them with the green wood?
If Olaf is connected with his bad childhood, Sir might feel compelled to help the enemies of Olaf, the "true" VFD, by providing green wood for their headquarters. However, maybe he was selling the wood to them before the schism, possibly without knowing who they really were.
True, but it's not as though anyone (that we know of) was actually at all looking into that. I'd only really class him as slippery if he managed to charm and sneak his way out of uncomfortable situations, and all he's done so far of that nature is "We'll talk about that later!" or something to that effect.
He is NOT bruce. Lemony said they would never ever see his face, so anyone who they have seen is out. That basically only leads the man in the photo in THH who is hiding his face. But I think we all agree that that is Lemony.
I wish to retract my earlier statement that Sir was down as laissez-faire in the index; I've checked and he isn't.
RockSunner, brilliant find regarding the Dickens. I bet that's the answer to our riddle...and an example of literature affecting the back-story, at least, of the series.
Incidentally, I have a really hard time with Dickens. I liked David Copperfield, didn't much like Oliver Twist, couldn't finish Nicholas Nickleby and couldn't start A Tale of Two Cities. It's very difficult going...
"There's daggers in men's smiles; the near in blood, the nearer bloody."
I found David Copperfield quite interesting, but then at around page 500 I realised that I was now pretty much bored out of my mind. There hadn't been many good bits for a while, and there weren't many good bits in the remaining two hundred pages. And I read Great Expectations a while ago. I can't really remember it, but I think I liked it.