|“||In short, everything that might make a town interesting or pleasant had been made boring or unpleasant, and if Paltryville had been listed in a guidebook the only helpful hint about what to do when you got there would be: "Leave."||”|
Paltryville is a small, desolate rural town that was the setting of The Miserable Mill. It holds a reputation of having Lucky Smells Lumbermill headquartered within its city proper, but other than that tidbit, there isn't much activity that one would find enjoyable.
Paltryville rests on the edge of the Finite Forest. It is not listed in any guidebook, due to its small and seemingly near-abandoned nature.
On the one street, there are a few small shops, none of which have any windows. Outside the post office is an old shoe dangling from the top of a flagpole, and across from the post office is the high wooden wall that borders Lucky Smells Lumbermill, with a sign made out of chewed gum. At the end of the street is Dr. Orwell's Optometrist Office.
Alongside the sidewalk were the archives of The Daily Punctilio before their destruction. There used to be a Lucky Smells Melon Farm, which is now gone. Paltryville, as a whole, is quite boring and unpleasant.
While there don't seem to be many people living there, there is a noted population: there is a mayor, and illustrations depict children and a school bus.
- Ahab Memorial Hospital
- Dr. Orwell's Optometrist Office †
- Lucky Smells Lumbermill
- Lucky Smells Melon Farm †
- Paltryville Station
- Post Office
- Sam's Haircutting Place
Netflix Series Divergent Canon
In the Netflix adaptation, the town of Paltryville is depicted as being burned down in its entirety with only the Lucky Smells Lumbermill and Dr. Orwell's Office still standing by the time the Baudelaire orphans arrive in the town. As seen in an old V.F.D. photograph, before the fire, the town flourished and had many businesses and restaurants, with the name "Paltryville" being a misnomer.
However, a fire eventually started; while the start of the fire is unknown, The History of Lucky Smells Lumbermill implies Roy Hardwood was the culprit, while The Incomplete History of Secret Organizations implies Georgina Orwell. Nevertheless, upon seeing the fire from their picnic spot in the Finite Forest, Bertrand and Beatrice Baudelaire arrive on the scene; Bertrand repurposed a large cowbell, hammer and ten-foot pole to make a fire alarm to warn the townsfolk, while Beatrice redistributed the Lucky Smells water circulation system to put out the blaze. After the fire, the two relocated the survivors, setting them up with good jobs in The City.
Following the fire, the town was near-destroyed and abandoned, with Dr. Orwell hypnotizing the remaining citizens to work for coupons at the Lucky Smells Lumbermill, in exchange for Sir claiming that the Baudelaire parents started the fire. Following the unhypnotism and death of Orwell, the lumbermill was put under the control of Charles.
- Note: This includes information that is from both the books (canon) and the 2017-2019 Netflix Adaptation (which has its own canon). They will be referenced accordingly.
- Klaus Baudelaire (formerly)
- Sunny Baudelaire (formerly)
- Violet Baudelaire (formerly)
- Charles (†?)
- Foreman Firstein †
- Norma Rae
- Quigley Quagmire (temporarily)
- Sir (†?)
- Jacques Snicket (temporarily)
- Georgina Orwell †
- Phil (formerly)
- "Paltry," as a noun, is used to describe "refuse, rubbish; a worthless person or thing." As an adjective, it means "petty, trivial, insignificant; worthless, rubbishy; contemptible" or "despicable, base, weak, unimportant, not worthy of consideration."
- PROSE: The Miserable Mill
- PROSE: Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography
- PROSE: The End
- TV: The Miserable Mill: Part One
- PROSE: The Incomplete History of Secret Organizations
- TV: The Miserable Mill: Part Two
- TV: The Penultimate Peril: Part Two
- PROSE: The Slippery Slope
- Oxford English Dictionary - paltry (n)
- Oxford English Dictionary - paltry (adj)