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Isadora Quagmire
Isadora Quagmire
Biographical information
Died

in (possibly) The End[1]

Alias

Violet Baudelaire[2]

Physical description
Gender

Female

Hair color

Black (books) Brown (TV series)

Relationships
Family members
Love interests

Klaus Baudelaire (speculated)

Affiliation
Profession

Prufrock Preparatory student (in TAA)
Poet (aspiring)

Loyalty

Quagmire Family
V.F.D.

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Isadora Quagmire is one of the three Quagmire triplets. She, along with her brothers Duncan and Quigley, were orphaned after the Quagmire parents are killed in a fire. Caught in a similar plight to that of the Baudelaires, the Quagmires are heirs to a large fortune, which Count Olaf is determined to claim for himself. He kidnaps Duncan and Isadora at the end of The Austere Academy and keeps them in his clutches until the end of The Vile Village, where they escape with Hector in his Self-Sustaining Hot Air Mobile Home. Isadora is the family poet, who composes couplets to help assess the various dilemmas that the family finds itself in, or to assist in undermining one of Olaf's schemes.

Biography

Before The Austere Academy

Isadora and her brother were likely named after famous dancer Isadora Duncan. Before the Baudelaires came into the picture, Isadora and her family suffered a terrible tragedy when a fire broke out in their mansion. The Quagmire parents acted quickly for their children, stuffing Quigley down in a tunnel while running to find the other two. Duncan and Isadora are saved, although their parents died, but go on believing that Quigley also perished with them. They later find out that their brother escaped to Montgomery Montgomery's house via the underground tunnel.

The Austere Academy

Isadora was first introduced in The Austere Academy. She and her brother, Duncan, were placed in Prufrock Preparatory School in the same circumstances as the Baudelaires, minus the fact they didn't know that any villain was after them. Isadora and Duncan were always kind to the Baudelaires and being orphans, were highly disliked by Carmelita Spats. As orphans, Isadora and Duncan were outcasts and despised in the school, although several hints in the books say that there were probably many more orphans at the school at the same time or around when they went.

When the Baudelaires were being harassed by Count Olaf, who was back in disguise as Coach Genghis, and made to run laps every night, the Quagmires get involved, despite the Baudelaires' apprehension. When Vice Principal Nero puts on his violin concerts that must be attended by everyone, they sneak out to watch the Baudelaires and Genghis to make sure he wouldn't try anything suspicious. Things go terribly wrong and the Quagmires are "whisked away" by Olaf and his troupe and yell "V.F.D.!" to the orphans as they are driven away.[2]

The Ersatz Elevator

Throughout the sixth book they are held prisoner by Olaf and Esmé Squalor in an empty elevator shaft. The Baudelaires find them but when they attempt to rescue them, they've already been moved. The Baudelaire orphans then discover that there is a tunnel from 667 Dark Avenue leading all the way to the remains of their mansion. When they go to the Inn Auction hosted by Esmé Squalor and Gunther (Olaf in disguise) they try to get Jerome to get the box of doilies that they think the Quagmires are hidden in. However, they open it and the Quagmires aren't in it. Olaf and his henchmen run off and the Baudelaires realize the Quagmires were hidden in the Red Herring.[3]

The Vile Village

In the seventh installment, Mr. Poe is actively working on both the Quagmire and Baudelaire cases. He travels by helicopter looking for them while the Baudelaires are transported to their new home: the Village of Fowl Devotees the Baudelaires spend most of the book searching for their friends and finally realize they are hidden in the town center's crow fountain. As the Baudelaires had been thrown in jail on false charges of murder by Olaf (disguised as Detective Dupin), they are chased by villagers and Olaf's crew. while Hector, with his hot-air mobile, is in the sky above the house they were staying at. The Quagmires manage to climb up the rope but the Baudelaires, seeing that they cannot make the climb with the all of the villages crows flying around them and being dangerously close to being harpooned by Esmé Squalor, stay on the ground.[4]

The Slippery Slope

Not much is said about Isadora until book ten, when we learn that the V.F.D. trained eagles (now in the clutches of Olaf) are being sent to attack the flying vessel that Isadora, Duncan, and Hector are in.

After The Slippery Slope

In the next series of stories, the Baudelaires are told that Quigley is safe and that Quigley arrived in time to fight off many eagles only to see that the hot air balloon mobile crashed directly onto the Queequeg, holding Captain Widdershins, Fiona, Fernald, and Kit, underneath them. This is told to the Baudelaires in The End by Kit after she has washed up on the shores of the island. She says that "The Great Unknown" came towards them and she did not know whether it swallowed them up or saved them.

Commonplace Notebook

Isadora keeps her information in a black commonplace notebook. It contains her couplets and notes from Mrs. Bass's class. The following is a collection of her poetry:

I would rather eat a bowl of vampire bats
than spend an hour with Carmelita Spats.[2]
It would be a stroke of luck
if Coach Genghis were hit by a truck.[2]
It may not be particularly wise
but it's a thrill to be disguised.[2]
On Auction Day, when the sun goes down,
Gunther will sneak us out of town.[3]
For sapphires we are held in here.
Only you can end our fear.[4]
Until dawn comes we cannot speak.
No words can come from this sad beak.[4]
The first thing you read contains the clue:
An initial way to speak to you.[4]
Inside these letters the eye will see
Nearby are your friends, and V.F.D.[4]
Celebrate when you're half-done,
And the finish won't be half as fun.[5]

TV series

Isadora is portrayed by Avi Lake in the TV series. Lake made her first appearance as Isadora in The Miserable Mill: Part One, along with Duncan and Quigley.

Trivia

  • Isadora and her brother Duncan are likely named after Isadora Duncan, an American-born, modern dancer from the Victorian era (born 1877). Duncan died tragically when her long, flowing scarf became caught in the open-spoked wheel of a car in which she was a passenger, breaking her neck.

Appearances

Sources

  1. Quigley and his siblings were stated as being taken by the Great Unknown and, for a long time it is not known as to whether it killed them. However, in Why is This Night Different From All Other Nights? Lemony pushes Hangfire to his death at the hands of the Bombinating Beast, also known as The Great Unknown, so it is likely that Isadora faced her death at the hands of the same creature.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 PROSE: The Austere Academy
  3. 3.0 3.1 PROSE: The Ersatz Elevator
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 PROSE: The Vile Village
  5. PROSE: The Slippery Slope

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