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Ishmael said that a library was bound to lead to trouble, so we were lucky that a book has never ended up on our shores.
— Brewster, The End

Brewster was an islander in A Series of Unfortunate Events.


Early Life

It is unknown how Brewster came to The Island nor why he chose to stay.

He and Calypso worked daily to reap wild grasses, which served as the island's only spice.[1]

The End

While storm-scavenging the day that Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire wash ashore, Brewster finds a window that had survived the storm without breaking. However, Ishmael reminds him that you didn't need a window to admire the island's views, so Brewster lets the sheep take the window to the arboretum.

Brewster is among the crowd of islanders who go storm-scavenging the day that Count Olaf and Kit Snicket wash up ashore, with Kit on a raft of books. Brewster is nervous, as Ishmael believed a library would lead to trouble. He and the other colonists then leave to go fetch Ishmael to decide what to do, leaving Olaf under the watch of Friday Caliban and the Baudelaires. He is presumably still with the crowd when they return, and Ishmael convinces them to abandon Olaf, Kit and the Baudelaires on the coastal shelf.

When the island has a mutiny over breakfast, Mr. Pitcairn is seen trying to bite Brewster's finger. When Olaf arrives, Brewster also incredulously notes that while he tries to take over, he is already giving them suggestions like Ishmael.

Ishmael shoots Olaf with a harpoon gun, which causes the Medusoid Mycelium to be released, poisoning the islanders. Ishmael suggests the islanders drink cordial to try and dilute the poison, and the fermented cordial drugs them into compliance. He convinces them that the Baudelaires are the root of the trouble, and then gathers them on the outrigger and has them sail off towards Lousy Lane for a cure, though they will not make it in time to save their lives.

Probable Death

It is unknown if he met his fate by being poisoned by the Medusoid Mycelium. It is noted that the Incredibly Deadly Viper followed the boat with an apple, and as the Baudelaires did not know this, it is possible some islanders survived to report this to Lemony Snicket. Friday knew the snake to be friendly, and thus may have taken the apple from it; however, it is unknown if she would have been able to convince Brewster or the drugged islanders to eat it.


  • Brewster is likely named after Maud Brewster, a character in Jack London's The Sea-Wolf.
    • The book is about a survivor of an ocean collision who falls under the control of an amoral leader, similar to the situation with the islanders.
    • Weyden and Larsen also take their names from this book.
  • While he makes no physical appearance in the Netflix Adaptation of The End, he could still potentially be one of the unnamed islanders.