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Walleye: You can send it to us. Paper will put up with anything that's written on it. You can send us whatever answers you have found.
Lemony Snicket: Not answers. Questions. I'll send you each some questions.
Why Is This Night Different from All Other Nights?

Walleye is a librarian featured in Why Is This Night Different from All Other Nights?.


Early Life

Walleye is known to be a librarian. He did not seem to be a Stain'd-by-the-Sea resident, as he did not know the history of the town; he may have lived nearby, as he travelled on The Thistle of the Valley.[1]

His potential involvement with VFD is unknown, though likely, considering files sent to him were said to be also sent to VFD Headquarters.[2]

Who Could That Be at This Hour?

The account of the first incident at Stain'd-by-the-Sea is addressed to Walleye, to file under the name of the town under accounts of- theft, investigations of; Hangfire; hawsers; ink; and double-crossings, and to cc to VFD headquarters.

Why Is This Night Different from All Other Nights?

Lemony Snicket: It took me a while to see that each mystery I encountered was part of a larger, treacherous plot. It’s a fragmentary plot, a phrase which here means-
Walleye: We know what it means. It means that the treachery was scattered around, to various people.
Why Is This Night Different from All Other Nights?

Walleye is a passenger on The Thistle of the Valley, along with Pocket and Eratosthenes. The three of them witness Stew Mitchum climb from the side of the train and murder Dashiell Qwerty with a poison dart. He then enters their compartment and threatens them into framing S. Theodora Markson for the crime. By the time he returns with his parents, Lemony Snicket has started to talking to the nervous librarians, and Walleye has let slip that they were threatened with a dart gun. They tell the Officers that they saw Theodora kill Qwerty, and after they leave, Snicket tells them that he knows they are false witnesses, and also that the murder victim was a librarian like them. 

The three librarians are fetched by Ornette Lost, and they become witnesses to Hangfire summoning the Bombinating Beast, and to Snicket murdering him by feeding him to the creature. After the train crashes, Snicket tells the librarians he will send them his accounts of his time in Stain'd-by-he-Sea. They decide to come clean and admit they saw Stew murder Qwerty, though the Officers now intend to frame Ellington Feint. The last Snicket sees of the librarians is of them watching Cleo sketch something. 

Physical Appearance

He is a man with a very round and very bald head, thick glasses and shabby but stylish clothes.[1]


Why Is This Night Different from All Other Nights?

Point your dart gun at someone else.
— Chapter Six
Lemony Snicket: Would it make a difference if I told you that the murder victim was a librarian- just like you?
Walleye: How did you know?
Lemony Snicket: Lots of library books, pencils and scrap paper, shabby but stylish clothing. It's not much of a mystery, if one has worked with librarians all one's life. Giacomo Casanova was a noble librarian. So was Marcel Duchamp, and that goes double for Beverly Cleary. But you three are disgraces to the profession, and you know it.
—Chapter Six
The town doesn't look like that anymore. What happened?
— Chapter Thirteen
Jake Hix: There was a war, and people argued whether Colonel Colophon was a hero, or just a violent man. Stores closed. Adults moved out of town and left their children behind. The police force shrank, and the library was almost forgotten.
Pocket: That's a rotten shame.
Walleye: There is nothing worse.
—Chapter Thirteen
We'll tell everyone. There was a murder on The Thistle of the Valley this evening, and the murderer forced us to lie about it.
— Chapter Thirteen
This is wrong. She's not the murderer.
— Chapter Thirteen


  • He was possibly named after the Canadian fish species, Walleye, or the Wisconsin Walleye War, as the struggle was chronicled in a documentary film, Lighting the Seventh Fire (potentially referring to the series' themes of fire being repeated).