|“||To burn children!||”|
— Elder Jemma, to Jacquelyn when she asks the villagers what they really want
The Vile Village
Elder Jemma was one of the 3 elders “welcoming” the Baudelaires into the Village. She is the more gentle-speaking of the three.
Jemma is later seen when Count Olaf (disguised as Detective Dupin) and Esmé Squalor (disguised as Officer Luciana) first introduce themselves and later when they bring in “Count Olaf” (actually Jacques Snicket) into the Town Hall to decide his punishment, burning at the stake.
Later, she and the other elders say that the Baudelaires are to be burned at the stake after Detective Dupin frames them for the death death of “Count Olaf” and for the use of the prison blueprints and a smashing device. She goes with the mob with pitchforks to burn them.
When Violet reveals that Officer Luciana has a harpoon gun, Jemma and the other Elders sees this and react to the use of a harpoon gun in violation of the no mechanical devices rule. After Officer Luciana accidentally kills a crow while trying to shoot Hector's mobile home, she and those present get angry at Officer Luciana and Detective Dupin with the latter having failed to keep the Baudelaire children incarcerated. Esmé and Olaf leave the village as fast as they can using the getaway car from Olaf’s associates.
Elder Jemma is portrayed by Carol Mansell.