Dashiell Qwerty

Why Is This Night Different from All Other Nights?

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The library and to V.F.D.


Dashiell Qwerty is the sub-librarian of Stain'd-by-the-Sea's library. The library used to be the City Hall, but for some reason is no longer. The library seems to have an extensive collection of books, including "Black, Brown and Beige" which becomes a plot point during the book. Dashiell is willing to help Lemony in contacting his sister via an inter-library loan. He is described as having outrageous hair, a leather jacket, and a very deep voice. He seems to have an animosity with Stew Mitchum and his parents, probably because of the former's habit of using his slingshot in the library. According to one Snicketmail he "weeps[s] every night". It is implied that he is murdered at some point in the series. He may be a member of V.F.D. because he tried to say "the world is quiet here" to Lemony Snicket when Snicket asked him about Nurse Dander. He is arrested for arson in SYBIS. In WITNDTAON,  is heard arguing with Theodora and is killed in his cell by Stew although it is Ellington who is ultimately arrested for it in the end.


  • His last name is a reference to the first six letters on a standard keyboard or typewriter
  • His title of sub-librarian is reminiscent of Dewey Denouement's title of Sub-sub librarian.
  • His first name is most likely a reference to mystery writer Dashiell Hammett. Snicket's first case, where he and his chaperone are hired to find a statue of the Bombinating Beast, bears a strong resemblance to the plot of Hammett's novel The Maltese Falcon.

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