Post by lsandthebooks on Sept 18, 2019 19:47:12 GMT -5
Olaf was already gone...there was no reason for the kids to help him. They could've found some other way to escape. This is the passage from Book 9 that shows what the kids did:
When they first stepped out, still wearing the same pair of pants, it seemed as if night had already fallen, although the air was black and not the blue of the famous hinterlands sunsets.
But then Violet and Klaus realized that the air was filling with smoke. Looking around, they saw that many of the tents and caravans were already on fire, as Count Olaf had said, and the flames were billowing black smoke up into the sky. Around them, the last of the carnival visitors were rushing to escape from Olaf's treachery, and in the distance the siblings could hear the panicked roars of the lions, who were still trapped in the pit.
And then this part is Olaf talking to the kids, right before they throw the torch:
"Hurry up, you two-headed freak!" he called from around the corner. "If you don't come here right this minute, we're leaving without you!"
So there was smoke everywhere and Olaf was around the corner. Why did the kids follow his orders? They could have saved the important items from the tent...and smoke being everywhere would've made it very easy for them to take off their disguises and run.
It's true that they could probably have not bothered to burn down Olivia's tent, and I think we must simply assume that they believed Olaf was monitoring their actions at this moment more closely than was really the case. As to why they went with Olaf, you've forgotten that Olaf and Esmé already had Sunny, in the guise of Chabo; there was absolutely no way Violet and Klaus were going to leave her alone with those two terrible villains to possibly escape - and go where?
The big reason Dante touched on - Count Olaf had Sunny. There was not one chance in the world they were going to abandon their baby sister. I'm not really sure where they would have gone - probably wandered around like they did at the beginning of THH, but I don't think there were any general stores or volunteer vans around. But I think they didn't think they had any other options. And maybe the biggest reason after Sunny, they wanted to find their parents. Count Olaf was also going to try to find their parents.
As far as burning the carnival down, I don't get why they did it. But they had been through a lot since their parents' deaths, and they probably weren't themselves.
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