|“||If you are receiving this postcard it means Mr. Snicket has passed the test and is therefore progressing nicely as an apprentice in our organization. Please note the dated postmark for our records and make a note in the Snicket file.||”|
— Lois Dressing's message, File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents
Lois Dressing was an agent of the Volunteer Fire Department, who was sent to Stain'd-by-the-Sea to test how well Lemony Snicket's apprenticeship was going. She left a message for VFD Headquarters on a postcard in a Stain'd-by-the-Sea library book on the Yamgraz, before sending a note to Snicket himself.
In her message, Lois says she was recently studying the Yamgraz in Stain'd-by-the-Sea, and while enjoying a tangerine soda at the Swinster Pharmacy, writing postcards to various acquaintances in the city, and wrote one with a very important message, and when she went to mail the cards at Stain'd Station, the important card was gone, and the Swinster Pharmacy wouldn't answer the phone. She implores Snicket to help her- explaining that "implore" means "beg" in case he didn't know- and asks that he only look at the picture side of the card, which shows Blotto the Octopus, and not read the message.
Snicket later finds out that she realized late she was about to leave town with a library book, and rushed to return it to the library, leaving the postcard inside. He also discovered easily that the message was a test.
- In her note to headquarters, she requested that they make a note in the Snicket File on his progress; said Snicket File was important in A Series of Unfortunate Events, though its full contents were never revealed.
- Her name is an anagram of the British author Doris Lessing.