|“||I didn't stay on this island to die! I could have died at home!||”|
— Ms. Marlow, The End
Ms. Marlow is a colonist on The Island.
It is unknown how Ms. Marlow came to The Island nor why she chose to stay, though she seems to have some kind of reason for her traveling to the colony.
|“||The Baudelaires never should have been abandoned in the first place! All they wanted to do was help their friend!||”|
— Ms. Marlow, The End
She is among the crowd of islanders who go storm-scavenging the day the Count Olaf and Kit Snicket wash up ashore, with Kit on a raft of books. The colonists leave to go fetch Ishmael to decide what to do, leaving Olaf under the watch of Friday Caliban and the Baudelaires.
Upon returning, Ms. Marlow and Weyden wrestle the harpoon gun from Olaf's hands and drag him into a bird cage, locking him inside. She later remains with the crowd of islanders, who are convinced by Ishmael to abandon Olaf, Kit and the Baudelaires on the coastal shelf, as the Baudelaires refuse to leave Kit.
When the island has a mutiny over breakfast, Ms. Marlow is seem stomping her foot at Calypso. She argues that the Baudelaires should not have been abandoned for the simple cause of wanting to help their friend. The colony dissolves into chaos until Count Olaf arrives, and Ishmael shoots him with the harpoon gun, which causes the Medusoid Mycelium under his robe to be released. Upon learning the fungus is deadly, Marlow claims that she didn't stay on the island to die.
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.
It is unknown if she met her 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 Ms. Marlow or the drugged islanders to eat it.
- They are likely named after Charles Marlow in Joseph Conrad's novels, the most well-known being Heart of Darkness.
- Dr. Kurtz also takes their name from this novel.
- While she makes no physical appearance in the Netflix Adaptation of The End, she could still potentially be one of the unnamed islanders.