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Then you should join our mutiny! Ishmael is not to be trusted! We abandoned the Baudelaires on the coastal shelf, and now he's brought them back!
— Sherman, The End

Sherman was a colonist on The Island.


Early Life

He is described as being a plump man with a sunburned face.

It is unknown how and when he came to the island, nor why he chose to stay, though he mentions that he has not had dessert since he arrived on the island. His job in the colony was to rinse harvested seaweed with Robinson for meals.

He planned with Erewhon and Finn to revolt against Ishmael, believing he was not to be trusted.[1]

The End

Sherman: Sherman's the name. And I found a cheese grater. I nearly lost a finger prying it away from a nest of crabs!
Ishmael: You shouldn't have gone to all that trouble. We're not going to have much use for a cheese grater without any cheese.
Sunny Baudelaire: Grate coconut. Delicious cake.
Sherman: Cake? Egad, that would be delicious. We haven't had dessert since I've arrived here.
Ishmael: Coconut cordial is sweeter than dessert. I certainly won't force you, Sherman, but I do think it would be best if that grater were thrown away.
Sherman: Very well.
—Chapter Four

While storm-scavenging the day that Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire wash ashore, Sherman finds a cheese grater on the beach, and nearly loses a finger prying it away from a nest of crabs. Ishmael says that they'll have no use without any cheese, to which Sunny interrupts that they could grate coconut and make cake. Sherman is excited at the idea of a dessert, but Ishmael reminds him that coconut cordial is sweeter and that it would likely be best to throw the grater away. Sherman sips from his seashell and then agrees, putting the grater on the sleigh to go to the arboretum.

Sherman is among the crowd of islanders who go storm-scavenging the day that Count Olaf and Kit Snicket wash up ashore, with Kit on a raft of books. As Kit is injured and cannot be moved and Olaf seems to treacherous to allow on the island, the colonists decide to bring Ishmael to the shore, and Sherman has the idea to put his chair on the sleigh so their facilitator, who cannot walk, can come. He leaves Friday Caliban in charge of guarding Olaf and the Baudelaires.

When they return, Olaf is trapped in a cage, and it is revealed the Baudelaires have kept items secretly. Sherman agrees with Friday, Professor Fletcher and Omeros that they should be allowed back if they give up the items, but after they refuse to abandon Kit, Ishmael suggests that the Baudelaires, Olaf, and Kit be banished, and they abandon them on the coastal shelf.

When the island has a mutiny over breakfast, Sherman's face is described as even redder than usual, and he is throwing sand in the face of Mr. Pitcairn. He argues to Ariel that Ishmael is not to be trusted.

Ishmael shoots Olaf with a harpoon gun, which causes the Medusoid Mycelium to be released, poisoning the islanders. 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.

Probable Death

It is unknown if he met his 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 Sherman or the drugged islanders to eat it.