Post by lsandthebooks on Oct 10, 2021 18:09:35 GMT -5
I noticed something odd. It seems like only the VFD rebels were killed throughout the series. Anyone who was an outcast in some way, was murdered by Olaf.
Since Olaf worked for the two High Court judges, isn't it possible he was killing criminals for them? Anyone who broke VFD rules had to die.
I know Olaf is supposed to be a huge rule breaker...but he didn't harm anyone who was making money for VFD, like Esme or Sir from the lumber mill. If he was so ruthless, why did he leave certain people alone?
Post by El Juanico Diez on Oct 10, 2021 22:05:22 GMT -5
Olaf is not as cruel as he believes himself to be. He was willing to let Josephine live. And he saved Kit, at least momentarily. I'm not defending him, but he's not a murderer who kills anyone for no reason. On the other hand, Olaf considers himself his own boss.
It seems that Olaf's main aim is to get hold of the Baudelaires; he prefers to do this by perusasion or coercion, only resorting to killing when this fails. Also, many fo the deaths which take place around him are accidental (Dr Orwell, the HOIG and so on).
I'm also not sure why you see Monty as an outcast.
Post by El Juanico Diez on Oct 11, 2021 6:36:48 GMT -5
In fact, Olaf's cruelest plan happened on TRR. He committed murder (or tried to commit murder and failed, according to one of Dante's most interesting theories) in order to get close to the kids, and then he killed Uncle Monty, all of which involved forethought. It was probably this event that Fernald referred to when he claimed that they committed more murders than was expected.But this sentence by Fernald already shows that he would expect Olaf to have moral limits that were crossed just a little bit.