|“||There are secrets everywhere. I think everyone's parents have secrets. You just have to know where to look for them.||”|
Until The Slippery Slope, Quigley was believed to have been killed in the same fire that destroyed the Quagmire Mansion and killed his parents. However, it is revealed that his mother hid him in a tunnel beneath the mansion's library, allowing him to survive the fire.
He is on the fire-fighting side of the V.F.D. schism.
Like his siblings, Quigley has an interest in a form of study, in his case cartography (the study of maps). He is, like his siblings, a very intelligent boy, with nice vocabulary, and eager to help the Baudelaires, as seen in The Slippery Slope.
During the fire that burned the Quagmire Mansion down, he and his mother were in the kitchen drinking hot cider and his mother hid him underneath a trapdoor to protect him while she went to get the rest of the family, but she never returned.
He was under there for several hours, until he found that it was a tunnel that took him to Dr. Montgomery Montgomery's house. The house was empty, meaning that the Baudelaires had moved on and Dr. Montgomery was already dead. This also implies that the Quagmire mansion burned down after the Baudelaire mansion. Quigley learned that his parents had died through an article in The Daily Punctilio and that his siblings had been sent to Prufrock Preparatory School. Quigley originally planned to gather supplies and join his siblings at the school, but then Jacques Snicket arrived at the house. Jacques Snicket, a member of the fire-fighting side of V.F.D., told Quigley many facts about V.F.D., including telling him about the Baudelaire orphans, whom he was trying to track down.
Soon afterward, Jacques left for Paltryville to continue searching for the Baudelaire orphans. Quigley stayed at Dr. Montgomery's house and read books in the library. However, one morning, he read an article saying that his siblings had been kidnapped from school. That same morning, he saw that someone had thrown a torch through the window of the Reptile room, forcing him to leave quickly as the entire house burst into flames.
Since he no longer knew where Duncan and Isadora were, Quigley journeyed to Paltryville, hoping that Jacques could help him rescue his siblings. However, Jacques had already come and gone, but Quigley did find several notes that Jacques left behind. Instead of waiting there, Quigley decided his best chance in rescuing his siblings was to find help at the V.F.D. Headquarters.
The Slippery Slope
Quigley was presumed to be deceased until Violet and Klaus Baudelaire met him in a cave, where he had been resting with the Snow Scouts, on their way up the mountains. Quigley hints that he can be trusted by the Baudelaires through a series of phrases using the initials V.F.D. When the snow scouts are asleep, he directs and accompanies Violet and Klaus up an escape passage in the cave, known as a Vertical Flame Diversion. The friends finally arrive at V.F.D.'s old mountain headquarters, only to discover that the headquarters had been burned to the ground.With their original plan defunct, Violet resolves to journey up the mountain to see who is giving them the signal, and Quigley volunteers to go with her. At a point, they decide to take a minute to rest. They talk about their parents and V.F.D, and Violet affirms that it's a lovely view. Quigley confirms, saying that it's lovely indeed, but not referring to the view, referring to Violet. Author Lemony Snicket decides to give the two of them a little privacy, implying that they kissed. Violet and Quigley clearly develop a love interest in each other, as said later that they exchanged shy smiles and glances, even though it was implied in the TV series that Duncan was also interested in Violet.
Violet and Quigley eventually reach the top of the mountain, where they find Sunny alive and well, and Quigley is introduced to her by Violet. After hiding from Olaf, Esmé Squalor, and Olaf's henchmen, Violet and Quigley travel back down the waterfall. Along with Klaus, they initially decide to set a trap for Esmé in order to hold her hostage. At the last minute, they regret their decision and instead take Esmé back up the mountain disguised as nameless volunteers. They try to fool Olaf into giving them Sunny in exchange for false information about the Sugar Bowl, but their plan fails. The Baudelaires and Quigley are forced to flee by sailing a toboggan down the Stricken Stream. They escape Count Olaf, but the ice in the Stricken Stream breaks the toboggan, and Quigley is washed away by the current into a separate tributary. Before he disappears from the Baudelaire's sight, he yells Violet's name and asks her to wait for him at an unknown location.
In The Grim Grotto, Quigley sends a Volunteer Factual Dispatch to the Queequeg. He knows that the Baudelaires are aboard and says that they are in desperate need of the Baudelaires' assistance. The dispatch also contains two poems which use Verse Fluctuation Declaration to code the meeting location.
Quigley met with Jacques' sister, Kit Snicket, and they were planning to meet up with the Baudelaire siblings, but he received word from Duncan and Isadora that they were being attacked in the sky by the V.F.D. eagles. Kit and Quigley stole a helicopter from a nearby botanist to help them and Hector. Only Quigley went on the helicopter, as Kit had to meet the Baudelaires. Quigley constructed a huge net to defend their self-sustaining hot air mobile home.
He managed, at last, to meet up with his siblings on the mobile home, but the Eagles took out the balloons holding them up. Everyone inside the mobile home was sent toppling downwards, destroying the Queequeg directly below them. Quigley, Duncan, Isadora, Kit, Captain Widdershins, Fiona, Phil, Fernald, Hector, and Ink were all left stranded in the water, before the large question-mark shaped object, the Great Unknown, appeared below them. Kit and Ink managed to escape, while everyone else was pulled under. Kit states that either Quigley or Duncan was calling Violet's name as the Great Unknown reached them.
After Kit reached the coastal shelf, Lemony Snicket stated that the Quagmires were "in circumstances just as dark, but quite a bit damper than the Baudelaires'". The reader is left unsure if they are alive or not. It is possible that the Quagmires were rescued by the question-mark shaped object, and are still alive. However, it is also possible that Quigley is deceased, but this is unclear since no one knows what truly happens when you are swallowed by the Great Unknown.
Behind the scenes
- In the TV series, Quigley is portrayed by Dylan Kingwell, who also portrays Duncan. Quigley's main distinguishable feature from Duncan is his hairstyle, which is messier in comparison to Duncan's. By the time of The Slippery Slope, his hair is shoulder length, offering additional distinguishing features between the two.
- Due to Quigley and his siblings being born at some point in the two years Violet and Klaus's respective births, it can be assumed that all three are around thirteen years old, and possibly closer to fourteen by the end of the series.
- While not explicitly present in the books, a more obvious attraction between Violet and Duncan, Quigley's brother, is featured in the TV series. This has given rise to fan conflict over whether Duncan or Quigley is the better match for Violet, including the arguments of some who feel Duncan shouldn't have been given a romantic interest in Violet in the first place.
- The reason Quigley was taken off by a branch on a frozen stream in the TV series instead of being lost in a streaming waterfall is because the creators said water is incredibly time-consuming and difficult to animate.
- The Austere Academy (mentioned only)
- The Ersatz Elevator (mentioned only)
- The Vile Village (mentioned only)
- The Slippery Slope
- The Grim Grotto
- The Penultimate Peril (mentioned only)
- The End (mentioned only)
- A Series of Unfortunate Events (TV series)
- ↑ Quigley and his siblings were taken by the Great Unknown. Many readers believe the Great Unknown is the Bombinating Beast though this has not been confirmed.
In Why Is This Night Different from All Other Nights?, it states that Lemony killed Hangfire when he pushes the villain into the mouth of the Bombinating Beast. If the two entities are the same and Lemony did actually kill Hangfire, then Quigley would likely also be deceased.
However, at the end of the eighth chapter in The End, Lemony Snicket wrote that the Quagmire triplets "at this very moment were in circumstances just as dark although quite a bit damper than the Baudelaire's," suggesting that the Quagmires might be alive inside the Great Unknown.
Also, noteworthy, while Why Is This Night Different from All Other Nights? was published after the The End, in-universe it is the report Snicket wrote as a teenager versus A Series of Unfortunate Events was written by Snicket as an adult. This means Snicket had more knowledge (about what happens to someone eaten by the Great Unknown/Bombinating Beast) when writing The End then when he wrote Why Is This Night Different from All Other Nights?
- ↑ Violet and Klaus both celebrate their birthdays during the series, confirming that it unfolds over the course of roughly one year.