|“||I'll never escape Hangfire. But perhaps an actress can manage the most important performance of her life.||”|
— Dame Sally Murphy, Why Is This Night Different from All Other Nights?
Dame Sally Murphy was once Stain'd-by-the-Sea's most famous actress, performing in the Stain'd Playhouse. She is noted as having played the title role in Mother of Icarus, and having been risen to the ceiling on invisible wires.Sally Murphy gave Lizzie Haines the opportunity to study under her, even after Stain'd-by-the-Sea's economy collapsed. After several months of mentoring, though, Lizzie was abducted by Hangfire and the Inhumane Society, who had a job for Sally.
Sally Murphy, pretending to be Mrs. Murphy Sallis, hires S. Theodora Markson and her apprentice Lemony Snicket to return the Bombinating Beast statue to her, which she claims was stolen by the Mallahans. Hangfire poses as her butler in order to keep an eye on things and possibly take the statue from them.
Later, Snicket and Moxie Mallahan find her tied to a chair in the flooded basement of the Sallis Mansion and rescue her from drowning. Moxie realizes she isn't Murphy Sallis, and Snicket realizes that she's instead Sally Murphy. She becomes hysterical and claims that only Hangfire can help her. When Snicket mentions being part of a secret organization, she gets frantic and screams at him to leave.
In order to sneak onto The Thistle of the Valley, Sally managed to convince Polly Partial to give them a thistle for Lizzie's porter disguise. While sneaking on, she and Lizzie run into Snicket, who recognizes her and asks for a favor. She offers to buy him an ice cream cone, as children like ice cream, but instead he asks her to help him on the train. She refuses to tell him why she's leaving, and when he mentions the Inhumane Society, she asks him to keep his voice down and stop interfering. Lizzie reminds her that they need to be on the train, and she manages to get away from the apprentice.
Once on the train, Lizzie switches disguises and pretends to be Sally's nephew. The train makes an unexpected stop, and then Snicket finds them again in their compartment. Incredibly nervous, Sally almost breaks character several times. Snicket informs them that a murder was committed and that Hangfire is aboard the train, before telling Lizzie to hide her porter's uniform better. After the train crashes, Sally sticks by Lizzie as she reunites with her family, before offering to give autographs to the other passengers.
|A Series of Unfortunate Events (Books)|
|1. The Bad Beginning (1999):||Absent||7. The Vile Village (2001):||Absent|
|2. The Reptile Room (1999):||Absent||8. The Hostile Hospital (2001):||Absent|
|3. The Wide Window (2000):||Absent||9. The Carnivorous Carnival (2002):||Absent|
|4. The Miserable Mill (2000):||Absent||10. The Slippery Slope (2003):||Absent|
|5. The Austere Academy (2000):||Absent||11. The Grim Grotto (2004):||Absent|
|6. The Ersatz Elevator (2001):||Absent||12. The Penultimate Peril (2005):||Absent|
|13. The End (2006):||Absent|
|All the Wrong Questions|
|Who Could That Be at This Hour? (2012):||Debut||Shouldn't You Be in School? (2014):||Absent|
|When Did You See Her Last? (2013):||Mentioned||Why Is This Night Different from All Other Nights? (2015):||Appears|
|File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents (2014):||Mentioned|
|Other Snicket Books|
|Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography (2002):||Absent|
|The Dismal Dinner (2004):||Absent|
|The Beatrice Letters (2006):||Absent|
|The Hero of the Story (2017):||Absent|
- Who Could That Be at This Hour?
- When Did You See Her Last? (Mentioned only)
- Shouldn't You Be in School? (Mentioned only)
- Why Is This Night Different from All Other Nights?
- File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents (Mentioned only)