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A good meal can cheer one up considerably.
 
— Bertrand Baudelaire (possibly code)

Bertrand Baudelaire was the husband of Beatrice Baudelaire, the father of Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire and a member of V.F.D.

Biography

According to the TV series, Bertrand was an orphan.[1]

He first saw Beatrice in a candlelit restaurant.[2]

As a child, he attended classes with Beatrice and young V.F.D. members.[3] Bertrand was one of the volunteers who trained the Volunteer Feline Detectives.[4] Bertrand was friends with Dewey Denouement.[5]

As an apprentice in V.F.D., Bertrand trained under S. Theodora Markson before Lemony Snicket.[6]

He helped extinguish the Paltryville fire. Violet may have inherited her inventing skills from her father, as he repurposed a large cowbell, a hammer, and a ten-foot pole to create a makeshift fire alarm.[7]

In the book series, Bertrand possibly took part in the murder of Count Olaf's mother and father. However, in the TV series, he was not seen at the play La Forza del Destino.

He once lived on The Island with Beatrice, and used The Beatrice, a boat he built himself, to escape.

A Series of Unfortunate Events

After Beatrice and Bertrand's supposed deaths, the Baudelaires are sent to live in various places, often discovering various information about their parents. In the film, they receive a late letter from them:

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, may, in fact, be 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

After seeing page thirteen of the Snicket File the Baudelaire children thought he or Beatrice 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."

Trivia

  • In The Miserable Mill: Part One, Sir claims he and his wife burned down Paltryville. However, it is later revealed at the end that they actually put out the fire and helped survivors.
  • He's theorized to be S. Theodora Markson's favorite student. 
  • In the TV series, he was portrayed by Matthew James Dowden.
  • In the TV series, his Paltryville photo shown in The Penultimate Peril: Part Two is updated to show Dowden who joined near the end of production. He also has glasses, perhaps a reference to Klaus.

Appearances

TV series

  • A Series of Unfortunate Events (TV Series)

Non-canon

Sources

Gallery

Movie

Sanctuary

TV series