UA: Lemony Obituary Confusion? Sept 27, 2016 7:58:07 GMT -5
Post by Dante on Sept 27, 2016 7:58:07 GMT -5
A certain amount of the backstory of the series has to be assembled by the reader. As the above discussion indicates, that can be difficult when the backstory is in flux, but the point is no less true. Lemony having been reported dead at some point before Violet's birth is a fact we can infer with reasonable certainty; the obituary in the U.A. is not really relevant outside of the U.A. and is more of an amusing detail intended to emphasise various points about the series - the unreliability of the press, the uncertainties surrounding Lemony's life history, things like that.
I actually really like the theory (someone posted on a thread here) where Lemony did die right before Violet was born, and so that's why the Baud parents killed Olaf's, for revenge, because they thought Olaf had done something. But...if it was justified, then why did Dewey act like he was embarrassed in Book 12 when Olaf told the kids to ask him what happened with the poison darts? Why be embarrassed?
It seems unlikely that a report of Lemony's death could have prompted the assassination of Olaf's parents, as Lemony has hinted that he himself was present on the occasion (TPP p. 18, though p. 126 may also be relevant). I would also suggest that just because you thought something was the right thing to do does not mean that you thought it was a good thing to do.