In TCC, Olaf discovers the Baudelaires' secret identity. This is a reversal of events in the early books, where Olaf's secret identity is discovered by the Baudelaires. My question is: When did Olaf realize that those freaks were actually children? Did Olivia tell Olaf or did Olaf figure it out for himself? I think in both circumstances, Olaf was wickedly shrewd in hiding that he knew their identity until he attempted Violet and Klaus's murder. What do you think?
Last Edit: Aug 1, 2020 11:25:35 GMT -5 by baticeeer
That's an interesting question, baticeeer. The suggestion in the narrative would certainly seem to be that Olivia betrayed the Baudelaires - Olaf says as much on page 279, and his behaviour in the pages immediately following his fortune-telling seems a little more pointed towards the Baudelaires; I really don't think it's a coincidence that two of them were chosen as the freaks to be thrown to the lions. But it's possible that Olaf already suspected, and it's probably a reasonable reading of the job interview scene that he had a good idea of who he was dealing with and was merely toying with them. Outside of that moment, though, he had very little interaction with the freaks and seems to have been inclined not to pay them very much heed.
I think Olaf really suspected something. After all, Olivia gives others what they want. So for Olivia to betray the Baudelaires, someone had to ask something like "What is the real identity of those three new members of the park?" Although Olivia has betrayed the Baudelaires, I think it is unlikely that it was her initiative. I think Olivia's behavior can be compared to Aunt Josephine's behavior. She was unable to refrain from acting according to her own standards even in a moment of life and death. And that behavior resulted in the death of Aunt Josephine and Olivia.