Fatally cut by a sawblade (book)
Count Olaf (formerly, according to the Netflix series)
- "Lucky, don't listen to your sister."
- —Georgina to Klaus Baudelaire
Orwell can be viewed as a greedy psychopath and a twisted and evil woman, willing to manipulate others by using hypnosis, and even willing to throw Sunny into a furnace just so she can obtain the Baudelaire fortune.
Not only was she an optometrist, but she was also a skilled hypnotist in mind control, having hypnotized many people including Klaus Baudelaire in order to get what she wanted. Although it is likely that she was a genuine optometrist, it is unclear how often she works as a hypnotist as well. In the TV series, it is revealed that she hynpotized all the workers of Lucky Smells Lumbermill into becoming monotonous working drones who are complacent with earning gum and coupons instead of actual income. She tells her victims that they are extremely lucky to be working at such a wonderful lumbermill, and uses "lucky" as a trigger, hence the "lucky" in Lucky Smells Lumbermill. Because of this, one could theorize she is in cohoots with Sir.
Dr. Orwell was killed when she accidentally backed into a scrolling sawblade used for cutting wood. This buzzsaw was meant to kill Charles. However, in the TV series, she falls into a furnace and is burned alive.
She may also have been a former member of V.F.D., as the optometrist disguise described in Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography matches her appearance, however it appears that she is an actual optometrist. She wrote a voluminous book on optometry, which she donated to Charles' library, and was a great help with Violet's research on hypnotism. Interestingly, the book contains 13 segments, the twelfth of which is about hypnotism. The book uses extremely complicated words, words which Violet guessed the meanings in order to get information. The TV series adaptation makes it explicit that Dr. Orwell was a part of V.F.D.
In the novel, she was described as tall woman with blonde hair in a tight bun with big black boots on her feet. She wore a long white coat with a name tag that reads 'Dr. Orwell' and held a long black cane with a shiny red jewel on the top. In the same novel, she and Sunny Baudelaire had a swordfight in which Georgina pushed the red jewel on her cane, whereupon it instantly transforms into a sword.
In the TV series, she is brunette instead of blonde. She mentions she was formerly blonde, a nod to the books. She wears large amounts of eyeliner.
Dr. Orwell's full name is Georgina Orwell, based on that of author George Orwell. The Big Brother eye and the hypnotism plot are links to Orwell's novel "Nineteen Eighty-Four."
- The Miserable Mill
- The Carnivorous Carnival (Mentioned Only)
- The Slippery Slope (Mentioned Only)
- Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography (Mentioned Only)
- File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents (Mentioned only)
- A Series of Unfortunate Events (TV series)