- In the play, my role is baticeer,
- A word which here means "person who trains bats."
- The audience may feel a prick of fear,
- As if sharp pins are hidden in their hats.
- My co-star lives on what we call a brae.
- His solitude might not be just an act.
- A piece of mail fails to arrive one day.
- This poignant melodrama's based on fact.
- The curtain falls just as the knot unties,
- The silence broken by the one who dies.
This is determined by the matching rhyme scheme- four quatrains ending with a couplet- as well as the iambic pentameter. A line written in iambic pentameter will have ten syllables in an unstressed/stressed pattern while spoken, making five "feet" in the line.
× / × / × / × / × / My silence knot is tied up in my hair × / × / × / × / × / As if to keep my love out of my eyes
Beatrice Baudelaire wrote the sonnet to be placed in the program of the play of the same name. The play is known to have starred Beatrice as a Baticeer, and a braeman co-star, and Beatrice was acclaimed for her performance. Above the sonnet, the play was listed to be a story of two people who [redacted].
The Braeman co-star is often speculated to be Bertrand Baudelaire, but all that is known about the co-star is that Lemony Snicket was suspicious of him, as shown in the Sebald Code he hid into LS to BB #5: "Are you certain your co-star is one of us?"
During the play, she was smuggling information to Lemony, who she would meet for root beer floats. She would drop her hatpin during bows to signal it was safe to meet. She was given a splendid costume.
The sonnet was placed into the theatrical program, which Beatrice intended for Lemony to read; context clue in LS to BB #5 show that her fourth question was asking if he remembered the poem in the program and if it had puzzled him, meaning that she intended for him to read it.
The sonnet was later placed into a glass case in a library (possibly Dewey Denouement's Underwater Library) labelled the "Staged Poetry: Sonnets by Actors & Actresses" exhibit. Lemony found the poem there and "stood for nearly an hour" looking into the case, which contained several old documents. Beatrice Baudelaire II, who followed him, also saw the sonnet.
- By Beatrice Baudelaire II:
- BB to LS #1: "Now I must untie "My Silence Knot" and write to a man I have never seen..."
- BB to LS #4: "The three Baudelaires may be long gone, but there is a fourth Baudelaire here, waiting for you to untie 'My Silence Knot' and help me find the end of the a story that began with you[...]"
- BB to LS #5: "Please, sir, I beg of you, simply walk out the door, head down the corridor toward the east staircase, walk up one flight of stairs, head down a corridor, and knock on the door of the office directly above yours, and untie 'My Silence Knot.'"
- Lemony Snicket uses the phrase in LS to BB #5, when he says, "I had to read the book three and a half times before I could untie 'My Silence Knot' and write to you."
The poem's meaning is, as many things are in the universe of A Series of Unfortunate Events, very cryptic and confusing. It seems to have been intended as a message from Beatrice to Lemony, but the true message is hidden.
Fan speculation is that the poem may have been a confession to the murder of Count Olaf's parents, which Beatrice and Bertrand Baudelaire are known to have taken part in. The lines "The audience may feel a prick of fear / As if sharp pins are hidden in their hats" could be referring to the poison darts hitting their target, culminating in: "The curtain falls just as the knot unties / The silence broken by the one who dies." This could be disputed by the poem only referencing one death, while the Opera Incident is supposed to have killed both of Olaf's parents, though the reference to only one could be poetic form, or reference to only one of the victims making noise upon death.
Other parts of the poem (perhaps unintentionally) reference other aspects of the universe: Beatrice referring to tying a knot in her hair to keep something out of her eyes relates to the habit of her daughter, Violet, and she uses the phrase "which here means", referencing Lemony and S. Theodora Markson.
- "My Silence Knot" is an anagram of Lemony Snicket, usually used in the form of an action. It is unknown whether or not "My Silence Knot" is a code for anything else.