The Confusing Questions

This is a sort of mini biography to the Series of Unfortunate Events, where Lucia Snicket delves into her ancestors past to discover the truth of a range of characters that made up the popular series of books her brother, Lemony Snicket wrote.


6. Bertrand Baudelaire


After all the contrary information I have included in this book it is a relief that what my team and me have at least one piece of information we are absolutely sure about. Bertrand Baudelaire is dead, as you all know, killed in a fire that destroyed the Baudelaire mansion, took their lives and orphaned their children.

As the parents do not appear in the book as vividly as the rest of the cast, it is a shame that their story ends so soon in my brother’s unfortunate tale. However, lets add a little light on the subject. Was the story really as simple as ‘The Baudelaire parents were born, fell in love, got married, had three children and died’? And if you’re still reading this with blank eyes and not understanding a word I’m saying, read on…

Bertrand Baudelaire had accomplished many things in his life. He was the father of Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire, the husband of Beatrice Baudelaire, and a member of V.F.D. During the books my brother wrote it is said how much the orphans miss him, and remember him often cooking or attending a dinner party.

As a child Bertrand was a friend of Beatrice, who was soon to be his wife. Bertrand also had a romantic relationship with my own sister before he married Beatrice; Kit gave him a valuable ring her mother gave her, as mentioned in the last novel. The probable story of the day Bertrand and Beatrice fell in love was when Beatrice arrived early to her first day of V.F.D. training, and Lemony complimented her for her punctuality, which embarrassed her because she was with Bertrand, the future Duchess of Winnipeg, and "others". (I do not know why the senior manager has just told me to add "others" like that.)

As a member of V.F.D., Bertrand is known to have helped in the training of the volunteer feline detectives (Mortmain Mountain lions) Bertrand was also good friends with Dewey Denouement, and Dewey mentioned that the two liked to recite an American humorist poem of the nineteenth century composed by John Godfrey Saxe together.

 It was a probability that both the Baudelaire parents had indeed survived the fire, but when the orphans discover the ‘Series Of Unfortunate Events’ on the Island this is proven wrong. Count Olaf implicates Bertrand as a coconspirator in the murder of his own parents. The information from this day is still foggy, but obviously this was one of the late Count Olaf’s motives for making the children’s life a misery.

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