Post by lsandthebooks on Jul 21, 2021 17:14:55 GMT -5
Because the villains wanted to destroy VFD. They wanted their side of the schism to win. So what if they burned down the mansions because they wanted the VFD passageways to be opened to everyone? The Baudelaire and Quagmire homes were basically protecting the passageways...
If the villains really cared about being rich, why would they burn anything down?
The mansions must have had very expensive pieces of furniture and jewelry and other things that were worth a lot of money. And yet, the villains opted to burn everything to the ground.
Olaf has always said he wanted the money...but what if that was his personal plan? His side of the schism may have just simply wanted to end VFD.
Olaf describes himself ans an independent practitioner. It doesn't look as if the villainous side of VFD generally operates as an organised body. I take it that the sinister duo protect them, and so can call upon their loyalty where necessary - and near the end of the series they are hatching a plot - but most of the time it seems to be a matter of individual villains committing individual crimes for personal gain. Also, while the sinister duo clearly are plotting against VFD, they also seem to enjoy burning things for burning's sake, as in the passage where they threaten to burn down all the snow scouts' parents' homes, though the scouts don't all seem to come from VFD families.
It's true we don't actually know who started the Baudelaire and Quagmire fires, and it could have been the sinsiter duo, in which case they very likely were targeting VFD; but I think it in that case would just be a matter of eliminating some of its leading members - in any case the passages aren't exposed, so there would not be much point in trying to do that.