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Beatrice Baudelaire
Beatrice Baudelaire
Biographical information
Died

Either in the Baudelaire Mansion fire, or in the fire at the Duchess of Winnipeg's castle, between The Reptile Room and The Grim Grotto[1]

Alias

Baticeer
Carrie E. Abelabudite[2]

Physical description
Gender

Female

Relationships
Family members
Affiliation
Profession

Baticeer and actress

Loyalty

V.F.D.

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For other uses of the name Beatrice, see: Beatrice.

Beatrice Baudelaire was the mother of the Baudelaire orphans featured in the book series, her children: Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire. She was married to Bertrand Baudelaire, and it is unknown what her maiden name was before she was married, although there is speculation she may have been an Anwhistle.

Every book has a dedication to her at the beginning, and there are frequent referrals to her as Lemony Snicket's beloved, specifically in The Beatrice Letters.

Biography

Lemony proposed to her, and she initially accepted but later refused, returning the ring that he offered her and sending him a 200 page book explaining exactly why she could not marry him. This confuses even the most clever of V.F.D. members, particularly because Bertrand Baudelaire, her husband, proposed to her with the exact same ring as Lemony, and she accepted it. No one knows why she did not accept Lemony's proposal instead, and she never told her children about him.[4] It is possible that she refused Lemony for safety reasons involving the enemies of V.F.D.

While growing up and training with V.F.D., Beatrice is noted as having participated specifically in theatre classes and classes that enabled her to be become a baticeer (someone who trains bats, although this is also an anagram of her name). She was gifted with the rare talent of being able to whistle with crackers in her mouth; she could perform Mozart's Fourteenth Symphony.[5] She was also talented at lion taming, and is known to have trained one of the Volunteer Feline Detectives for V.F.D. While she was young, she and Lemony were inseparable, and were known for sneaking off for midnight root beer float rendezvous; he later proposed, though she refused him and later married Bertrand. The author of the sonnet My Silence Knot (an anagram of Lemony Snicket), during her school years she was close to R (also known as the Duchess of Winnipeg) who was also a friend of Lemony.[6]

Among other things, Beatrice is known for having received a box of poison darts from her friend Kit Snicket during a performance of La Forza del Destino while the Baudelaire children were still young, which, in Book the Twelfth, The Penultimate Peril, was revealed also to be the weapon that left Count Olaf an orphan. Olaf implies that the Baudelaires helped in the killing of his parents. Kit describes what she wears for the performance: "Your mother was wearing a red shawl, with long features around the edges." The Baudelaires later named Kit Snicket's daughter after Beatrice.[7]

Beatrice is, through an unknown way, related to Ike Anwhistle.[3] Given the common tradition for wives to take their husband's name, this may mean that her maiden name is Beatrice Anwhistle.

Beatrice apparently knew the Squalors. She always told Jerome Squalor he wasn't brave enough. Esmé Squalor claims Beatrice stole The Sugar Bowl from her.

At some point in time, Beatrice became stranded on The Island with her husband. Bertrand built a boat named after her and they escaped.

She and her husband apparently perished in a fire at their mansion. However, there is a notable theory that Beatrice survived this and that she ultimately ended up dying in a fire at the Duchess of Winnipeg's castle. (see first reference)

A Series of Unfortunate Events

After Beatrice and Bertrand's supposed deaths, the Baudelaires are sent to live in various places, often discovering various information about their parents. In the film, they receive a late letter from them:

Dearest children;
Since we have been abroad we have missed you all so much. Certain events have compelled us to extend our travels. One day, when you're older, you will learn all about the people we've befriended and the dangers we have faced. At times the world can seem an unfriendly and sinister place, but believe us when we say there is much more good in it than bad. All you have to do is look hard enough. And what might seem to be a series of unfortunate events, may, in fact, be the first steps of a journey. We hope to have you back in our arms soon, darlings; but in case this letter arrives before our return, know that we love you. It fills us with pride to know that, no matter what happens in this life, you three will take care of each other with kindness, and bravery and selflessness as you always have. And remember one thing my darlings and never forget it: that no matter where we are, know that as long as you have each other, you have your family and you are home.
Your loving parents

After seeing page thirteen of the Snicket File the Baudelaire children thought she or Bertrand may still be alive, but later changed this opinion when they decided that the "survivor of the fire" was Quigley Quagmire.

One subtlety that the reader may not pick up on is how Violet, Klaus and Sunny handle their parents' death, as they go through a somewhat warped and unusual view of the "five stages of depression" (denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance). The Baudelaires are sent from location to location and become so busy in a series of unfortunate events that they do not properly process their parents' deaths until The End, when they finally complete their emotional catharsis:

"They cried for the world, and most of all, of course, the Baudelaire orphans cried for their parents, who they knew, finally, they would never see again. Even though Kit Snicket had not brought news of their parents, her story of the Great Unknown made them see at last that the people who had written all those chapters in A Series of Unfortunate Events were gone forever into the great unknown, and that Violet, Klaus, and Sunny would be orphans forever, too."

Etymology

The name "Beatrice" could be a reference to Dante's Divine Comedy, as each book begins with an inscription dedicated to the deceased Beatrice Baudelaire much like Dante frequently refers to his own deceased "Beatrice" throughout the Divine Comedy.

The name Beatrice could also be a reference to the poem La Béatrice, written by Charles Baudelaire. The first eight lines of the poem appear in the Author's Notes of The Bad Beginning: Rare Edition, for a line from p.162 that reads, "...just because you don't understand it doesn't mean it isn't so." The original poem, in French, with an English translation is as follows:

LA BÉATRICE
Dans des terrains cendreux, calcinés, sans verdure,
Comme je me plaignais un jour à la nature,
Et que de ma pensée, en vaguant au hasard,
J'aiguisais lentement sur mon coeur le poignard,
Je vis en plein midi descendre sur ma tête
Un nuage funèbre et gros d'une tempête,
Qui portait un troupeau de démons vicieux,
Semblables à des nains cruels et curieux.
BEATRICE
One day as I was making complaint to nature
In a burnt, ash-gray land without vegetation,
And as I wandered aimlessly, slowly whetting
Upon my heart the dagger of my thought,
I saw in broad daylight descending on my head
A leaden cloud, pregnant with a tempest,
That carried a herd of vicious demons
Who resembled curious, cruel dwarfs.

Trivia

  • In The Miserable Mill: Part One, Sir claims she and her husband burned down Paltryville. However, it is later revealed at the end that they actually put out the fire and helped survivors.
  • Beatrice is allergic to peppermints, which she passed on to her children.
  • Her name is an anagram of "Carrie E. Abelabudite" in The Hospital Hospital for unknown reasons, making readers wonder if she survived the Baudelaire fire.
  • In the film, Helena Bonham Carter is credited as Beatrice Baudelaire.

Appearances

Sources

  1. According to Lemony Snicket in The Austere Academy, Chapter 11: I once attended one of the famed masked balls hosted by the duchess of Winnipeg, and it was one of the most exciting and dangerous evenings of my life. […] As my pursuers scurried around the party, trying to guess which guest was me, I slipped out to the veranda and gave her the message I’d been trying to give her for fifteen long and lonely years. “Beatrice,” I cried, just as the scorpions spotted me, “Count Olaf is–”.
    Later, Lemony, in The un-Authorized Autobiography, page 144, writes: Attending your Masked Ball is impossible. […] They’re searching furiously for the survivors of Dr. Montgomery’s collection, but imagine how furiously they’ll search for me. This implies that the masked ball that Beatrice and Lemony are at is after the events of the Reptile Room and that Beatrice does not perish in the same fire that killed her husband.
    Earlier in the same biography, on pages 28 and 29, Snicket writes: I hurried out of the blazing mansion into the snow, dressed in my pajamas and clutching a handful of photographs that I had been looking at before I fell asleep. […] How content that young woman looks, don’t you think. How content, and yet how flammable. implying that this fire, occurring after the Reptile Room, killed Beatrice. As well was this, Lemony says that he's been waiting "fifteen years" to tell Beatrice a message; Beatrice's eldest daughter is 14 at this time, implying it is sometime after the events of the Reptile Room, as Monty is already dead, but is before The Grim Grotto as Violet does not turn fifteen until the events of that book.
  2. PROSE: The Hostile Hospital
  3. 3.0 3.1 Whistling with crackers is stated to be a family trait, meaning that both Beatrice and Ike are related in some biological way
  4. Violet, Klaus and Sunny read this in the book they read on The Island in The End which states that, if Violet had been a boy, she would have been named "Lemony".
  5. Revealed in The Wide Window
  6. These events are revealed in several books throughout the series, which reveal that Beatrice - with the help of Bertrand - was the one to kill Olaf's parents at the opera.
  7. PROSE: The End

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