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The Dismal Dedications are the dedications at the beginning of each book in A Series of Unfortunate Events, written by Lemony Snicket and dedicated to Beatrice Baudelaire.

The Dismal Dedications

To Beatrice-
Darling, dearest, dead.
 
To Beatrice-
My love for you shall live forever.
You, however, did not.
 
To Beatrice-
I woul much prefer it if you were alive and well.
 
To Beatrice-
My love flew like a butterfly
Until death swooped down like a bat
As the poet Emma Montana McElroy said:
'That's the end of that.'
 
To Beatrice-
You will always be in my heart,
in my mind,
and in your grave.
 
To Beatrice-
When we met, my life began.
Soon afterward, yours ended.
 
To Beatrice-
When we were together I felt breathless.
Now, you are.
 
To Beatrice-
Summer without you is as cold as winter.
Winter without you is even colder.
 
To Beatrice-
Our love broke my heart,
and stopped yours.
 
To Beatrice-
When we first met, you were pretty, and I was lonely.
Now, I am pretty lonely.
 
To Beatrice-
Dead women tell no tales.
Sad men write them down.
 
To Beatrice-
No one could extinguish my love,
or your house.
 
To Beatrice-
I cherished, you perished.
The world's been nightmarished.
 
To Beatrice-
We are like boats, passing in the night-
particularly you.
 
Chapter Fourteen
To Beatrice
and
From Her
 

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Trivia

  • The Netflix series uses "For Beatrice" instead of "To Beatrice."
  • The dedication for The Miserable Mill was shortened in the Netflix series to:
For Beatrice-
My love flew like a butterfly
Until death swooped down like a bat
 
  • The dedication for The Grim Grotto references the famous saying "Dead Men Tell No Tales", which became popular due to the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction at the Disney parks.[1] This references Grim Grotto's nautical theme.
  • The dedication for The Penultimate Peril confirms that Beatrice's house was burnt down, which is notable as she is not revealed as the Baudelaires' mother until Chapter Fourteen.
  • The dedication for Chapter Fourteen references The Beatricethe boat used by Beatrice and Bertrand Baudelaire, then stolen by Count Olaf, and then used again by Violet, Klaus, Sunny and Beatrice Baudelaire II. The boat's name served as confirmation of Beatrice's identity as the Baudelaires' mother.[2]

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