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|“||The curtain falls just as the knot unties, the silence broken by the one who dies.||”|
— Beatrice Baudelaire, My Silence Knot
Every book has a dedication to her at the beginning, and there are frequent referrals to her as Snicket's beloved, specifically in The Beatrice Letters and in the Netflix series.
|“||No matter where we are--far away in the mountains or downstairs in the cafeteria, swimming in the ocean or hiding in an automobile--I enjoy being with you, and I miss you when we are not. I miss you. See you in a few hours.||”|
During her school years she was close to R (also known as the Duchess of Winnipeg) who was also a friend of Lemony. She met Bertrand in a candlelit restaurant. Beatrice was childhood friends with Jerome Squalor.
Lemony Snicket spent a lot of time impressed by her, and after she gave an oral report on the history of the sonnet, he attempted to talk to her, only to accidentally embarrass her in front of her friends, including R and B; he informed her, upon her early arrival to class, that showing up early was a sign of a noble person, which upset her. To make up for it, he asked her to sneak out during afternoon recess and meet him for a root beer float.
They later became very close friends, and he invited her to go exploring caves with him, as his sister, Kit, informed him that there were bats inside that she might be interested in, though she was to be partnered with R. It is possible that this was the mountain-climbing excursion in which Jerome Squalor was present, and Beatrice was attacked by eagles from the Firestarters, where she was carried away into its nest. Sometime after this incident, she broke off her friendship with Jerome, telling him he wasn't brave enough.
At some point in her youth, she was on a soccer team. In the V.F.D. Headquarters in the Mortmain Mountains, she and Lemony would cook together, as she would mix up a spicy peanut sauce to go with his chopped broccoli.
Unknown Points in Time
|“||People love to talk about themselves, Mr. Snicket. if you find yourself wondering what to say to any of the guests, ask them which secret code they prefer, or find out whom they've been spying on lately.||”|
— Beatrice Baudelaire, The End
Lemony remembered the two of them hanging out in her bedroom before a party, and her sitting on a ssmall couch in the corner, adjusting the straps on her sandles while eating an apple and telling him not to worry about talking to the guests, and telling him that if he doesn't know what to say, to ask them about themselves- namely, what secret codes they prefer and who they'd been spying on lately.
At some point, Beatrice joined an acting troupe, where she worked as a spy, collecting information and conveying coded messages to Lemony, a dramatic critic for the Daily Punctilio, by dropping her hatpins to signal when they could meet for midnight rootbeer floats. She performed in a play entitled My Silence Knot as a baticeer, opposite her co-star who played a Brae-man, whom Lemony was suspicious of, and who Beatrice found to be in solitude. Around this time, Lemony proposed to her, and she initially accepted. They arranged for their wedding to take place at the Vineyard of Fragrant Grapes.
Beatrice performed in a VFD play The World Is Quiet Here, as the lead actress. After only three performances, Olaf took over the play, ousting Beatrice and replacing her with Esme, as well as rewriting the show. Lemony wrote a scathing review of the new play, along the way revealing that he and Beatrice were engaged.After this, Olaf framed Lemony for several crimes, notably arson, and he had to go on the run. Beatrice broke off their engagement, sending him a two-hundred page breakup letter, as delivered by carrier pigeons, as well as the ring he'd used to propose to her. In her letter, she asked him thirteen questions. She also asked if he received her poem- My Silence Knot- implying that she hid a message for him inside. Lemony later claimed that she couldn't marry him due to something she read in The Daily Punctilio.
Pre-A Series of Unfortunate Events
|“||I am heartbroken, but I have been heartbroken before, and this might be the best for which I can hope. We cannot truly shelter our children, here or anywhere else, and so it might be best for us and for the baby to immerse ourselves in the world.||”|
— Beatrice Baudelaire, The End
After returning to the city, Beatrice and Bertrand moved into a mansion, where they raised their children- Violet, Klaus, and Sunny. They appear to not have had much contact with VFD after Klaus was born, as Violet only has the barest memories of VFD-related phrases, and Klaus has none at all; however, Beatrice still seems to have remained employed as an actress.
The Baudelaire parents hid several books that they wanted to keep secret from their children on the top shelves of the library. When they found out that Klaus used a stepladder to take an atlas, which he and Violet ruined by leaving the window open on a rainy night, they yelled at their children, and then hid their books elsewhere.
At some point, Beatrice and Bertrand took their children to a vineyard for the weekend. While transferring trains in order to reach it, however, the parents were separated from Violet and Klaus by a bustling crowd. They found them soon enough, as the children went to the shops outside the station to ask the storekeepers for help. While relieved, Beatrice and Bertrand told their children that if they ever got lost again, to stay put and wait for their parents to find them.When she was pregnant with Sunny, Violet and Klaus remember her eating pumpernickel toast and lemonade, and occasionally their father would play her favorite music and she would stand up and dance awkwardly while making funny faces at her older children. After Klaus and Sunny were born, Beatrice and Bertrand made Violet promise to always look out for her younger siblings.
She once prepared a meal while Sunny dropped forks on the ground, and she explained to Sunny that while the dinner didn't take her very long, if she made it look fancy, people would think she'd spent all day on it. Beatrice also taught Violet how to apply makeup to look like scars, and read Anna Karenina to Klaus. She and Bertrand also made a habit of attending orchestra performances together.
On her birthday, she slept in early, and awoke to her family laughing and applauding. She came downstairs to find that they had been trying to make a cake for her, and when the electric can opener broke, Sunny opened a can of condensed milk with her teeth.
The family went picnicking at Rutabaga River, but as Bertrand forgot to pack silverware, they had to eat sweet-and-sour shrimp with their hands and wash up in the stream. Beatrice and Klaus then went to pick blackberries. At some point, her and Bertrand attended the Sixteenth Annual Run-A-Thon.
Bertrand and Beatrice once took their children to Hotel Preludio for the weekend, where they had carrots for breakfast, and Sunny first learned to blow bubbles in the pool. Beatrice objected to Bertrand teaching the children an elevator prank, but he reminded her that she'd done magic tricks with dinner rolls that very morning.
She and her husband perished in a fire at their mansion. However, there is a notable theory that Beatrice survived this and that she ultimately ended up dying in a fire at the Duchess of Winnipeg's castle.
|“|| For Beatrice-|
My love for you shall live forever. You, however, did not.
After seeing page thirteen of the Snicket File the Baudelaire children thought she or Bertrand may still be alive, but later changed this opinion when they decided that the "survivor of the fire" was Quigley Quagmire.
One subtlety that the reader may not pick up on is how Violet, Klaus, and Sunny handle their parents' death, as they go through a somewhat warped and unusual view of the "five stages of grief" (denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance). The Baudelaires are sent from location to location and become so busy in a series of unfortunate events that they do not properly process their parents' deaths until The End when they finally complete their emotional catharsis:
- "They cried for the world, and most of all, of course, the Baudelaire orphans cried for their parents, who they knew, finally, they would never see again. Even though Kit Snicket had not brought news of their parents, her story of the Great Unknown made them see at last that the people who had written all those chapters in A Series of Unfortunate Events were gone forever into the great unknown and that Violet, Klaus, and Sunny would be orphans forever, too."
|“||Attention! Hidden in the snowman is a survivor of the fire. Meet us in the town where this film takes place. Bring the three children. Your new assistant is not one of us. Beware!||”|
In the rare edition of The Bad Beginning, Lemony Snicket writes "They passed the Fickle Fountain… Please see my note to page 62." On page 62, he writes, "Readers of Book the Seventh will remember that fountains are like top hats in that they provide hollow spaces in which things can be hidden (please see my note to page 6), and I imagine the damp surroundings of a fountain’s innards would be comforting if the person hiding inside had recently survived a fire." Beatrice, as a Volunteer, could have easily escaped through the passageway between her home and 667 Dark Avenue, but may have been injured from the fire and hidden in the Fickle Fountain.
It is known that Gustav Sebald hid a survivor of a fire in the snowman in Zombies in the Snow, and sent a message to Monty warning him that Stephano was an imposter and to bring the children to the set. The snowman was left standing for several days until it was realized that the message was never received.
Lemony Snicket tried to contact Beatrice and deliver a message about Olaf at a masked ball, and he says he had been attempting to deliver said message for fifteen years; if Lemony and Beatrice split up very soon before she arrived on The Island with Bertrand and found herself pregnant with Violet, that would leave about fifteen years inbetween the breakup and events of A Series of Unfortunate Events.
The Duchess says that following her masked ball, in which Lemony was captured, her house was burnt down; she also mentions Beatrice had some belongings in the mansion. In the same letter, she attaches a picture of a young child (implied to Beatrice), and remarks she is "flammable."
This theory would mean that Beatrice escaped the fire, attempted to reunite with her children, but perished in the Duchess's burning house before making her survival known.
There is a sub-theory that she also escaped that fire and ended up at Heimlich Hospital, as Carrie E. Abelabudite, a name the patient list, is an anagram of her name. This could also imply she perished in the Heimlich Hospital Fire.
This theory, though popular, has never been confirmed. It is non-canon in the TV Series, as in that timeline, the masked ball occurred before the birth of the Baudelaire children.
2004 Film Divergent CanonIn the film, the Baudelaire parents were still active members of VFD, and described by Josephine as the leaders of the organization. They went to Europe once, presumably on a mission, and upon realizing that they would be returning late, they sent a letter to their children, as well as a VFD spyglass.
The Baudelaire children receive the letter late, after their parents perish in a fire:
- Dearest children;
- Since we have been abroad we have missed you all so much. Certain events have compelled us to extend our travels. One day, when you're older, you will learn all about the people we've befriended and the dangers we have faced. At times the world can seem an unfriendly and sinister place, but believe us when we say there is much more good in it than bad. All you have to do is look hard enough. And what might seem to be a series of unfortunate events, maybe the first steps of a journey. We hope to have you back in our arms soon, darlings; but in case this letter arrives before our return, know that we love you. It fills us with pride to know that, no matter what happens in this life, you three will take care of each other with kindness, and bravery and selflessness as you always have. And remember one thing my darlings and never forget it: that no matter where we are, know that as long as you have each other, you have your family and you are home.
- Your loving parents
Netflix Series Divergent CanonIn the TV series, Beatrice presumably attended Prufrock Prep with the other volunteers when she was young.
It is shown that Beatrice accidentally killed Olaf's father with a poison dart when she and Lemony tried to leave while stealing Esmé Squalor's sugar bowl. Lemony took the blame for it. Later on, Lemony met Beatrice on a street, telling her he would always love her if he didn't see her again.
Later on, Beatrice went to a party at the V.F.D. Headquarters. A message was given to Lemony saying "Olaf knows", meaning Olaf somehow discovered Beatrice was the one who threw the dart. Olaf attempted to murder her by shoving her off a cliff, but he didn't know the wings of her dragonfly costume worked. It is unknown if Beatrice and Lemony saw each other after that.
In The End, instead of being banished from the Island, her and Bertrand decided to leave on their own, in order to face the world.
She is speculated to be the one humming during the Beatrice Dedications at the beginning of each episode:
Behind the scenes
- In the film, Helena Bonham Carter is credited as Beatrice Baudelaire.
- In the TV series, she was portrayed by Morena Baccarin.
The name "Beatrice" could be a reference to Dante's Divine Comedy, as each book begins with an inscription dedicated to the deceased Beatrice Baudelaire much like Dante frequently refers to his own deceased "Beatrice" throughout the Divine Comedy.
The name Beatrice could also be a reference to the poem La Béatrice, written by Charles Baudelaire. The first eight lines of the poem appear in the Author's Notes of The Bad Beginning: Rare Edition, for a line from p.162 that reads, "...just because you don't understand it doesn't mean it isn't so." The original poem, in French, with an English translation is as follows:
- LA BÉATRICE
- Dans des terrains cendreux, calcinés, sans verdure,
- Comme je me plaignais un jour à la nature,
- Et que de ma pensée, en vaguant au hasard,
- J'aiguisais lentement sur mon coeur le poignard,
- Je vis en plein midi descendre sur ma tête
- Un nuage funèbre et gros d'une tempête,
- Qui portait un troupeau de démons vicieux,
- Semblables à des nains cruels et curieux.
- One day as I was making complaint to nature
- a burnt, ash-gray land without vegetation,
- And as I wandered, slowly whetting
- Upon my heart the dagger of my thought,
- I saw in broad daylight descending on my head
- A leaden cloud, pregnant with a tempest,
- That carried a herd of vicious demons who
- resembled curious, cruel dwarfs.
- Beatrice's silhouette appears on the cover of The Beatrice Letters.
- Beatrice's children inherited her allergy to peppermints.
- Beatrice disliked fishing, saying it is one of the most boring activities in the world.
- Beatrice had a secret pocket in her coat where she often kept a small pocket dictionary, which she would take out whenever she encountered a word she did not know. Because Klaus was so interested in reading, she had promised that someday she would give the pocket dictionary to him.
- She gave Klaus a book as a gift entitled What Happens to Wet Metal, which helps him in The Hostile Hospital.
- "Beatrice Baudelaire" is an anagram of "Carrie E. Abelabudite". In The Hostile Hospital, there is a patient with that name, making readers wonder if she survived the Baudelaire fire or if this is simply a red herring.
- It is very probable that she did not change her surname when she married Bertrand, and he took her surname instead, as in The Wide Window, her peppermint allergy is described as infamous for the Baudelaire family (and considering she is the one with the allergy and not Bertrand, this would make her a part of the Baudelaire family), and all of Lemony's letters to her in The Beatrice Letters, including the letters before she married Bertrand, are addressed to "BB."
|Unknown||Unknown if adoptive or biological|
|Unnamed Mother †||Unknown||Parents||Unnamed Guardians||Biological Parents †||Unknown||Unknown|
|Gregor Anwhistle †||Ike Anwhistle †||Josephine Anwhistle †||Beatrice Baudelaire †||Bertrand Baudelaire †||Bertrand's Cousin||Monty Montgomery's sister||Monty Montgomery †|
|Violet Baudelaire||Klaus Baudelaire||Sunny Baudelaire|
|Beatrice Baudelaire II|
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 PROSE: The Beatrice Letters
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 PROSE: The End
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 PROSE: The Hostile Hospital
- ↑ Whistling with crackers is stated to be a family trait, meaning that both Beatrice and Ike are related in some biological way. Mr Poe says that Josephine is the Baudelaires' second cousin's sisster-in-law, making it likely that Gregor (and, therefore, Ike) are Beatrice's first cousin, once removed, which would make them second cousins of the Baudelaires.
- ↑ PROSE: When Did You See Her Last?
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 PROSE: The Wide Window
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 PROSE: The Ersatz Elevator
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 PROSE: The Slippery Slope
- ↑ PROSE: Why Is This Night Different from All Other Nights?
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 10.2 PROSE: The Penultimate Peril
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 PROSE: Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography
- ↑ PROSE: The Vile Village
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 13.2 PROSE: The Carnivorous Carnival
- ↑ PROSE: The Grim Grotto
- ↑ 15.0 15.1 PROSE: The Bad Beginning
- ↑ 16.0 16.1 16.2 PROSE: The Austere Academy
- ↑ TV: The Carnivorous Carnival: Part One
- ↑ PROSE: The Miserable Mill