|“||The night has a thousand eyes. And the day but one; yet the light of the bright world dies with the dying sun. The mind has a thousand eyes, and the heart but one: yet the light of a whole life dies when love is done.||”|
— Kit's final words before her death
Kit Snicket was a noble member of V.F.D.
Kit is one of the few women and adults in the series who is actually sane, especially compared to Justice Strauss, Josephine Anwhistle, Georgina Orwell, Esmé Squalor, etc, who are either psychopaths, afraid of everything, and in Justice Strauss' case, she would risk dying in a fire because fleeing from a crime scene is a crime.
Like her siblings, Kit is shown to be very intelligent and philosophical. She is incredibly brave and strong-willed with a bit of a rebellious and outspoken nature, which can sometimes get her into danger and trouble. She is also shown to be kind and selfless, as seen in her interactions with the Baudelaires, and by her willingness to die for her then-unborn child.
Her brothers would play a game called Beethoven where they would pretend they could not hear each other well when they were talking. Kit refused to play because she thought it was inane.
All the Wrong Questions
Kit also plays a small role in the All the Wrong Questions series, in which she is apparently a teenager doing risky V.F.D. related endeavors. She was about 4 feet tall. Kit becomes arrested after attempting to break into the Museum of Items to steal an artifact, with the intention of returning it to its rightful place. Lemony eventually finds her after the train is derailed, but she is still under arrest, and she also meets Ellington Feint.
Unknown points in time
In the book canon, it is also implied she is also the object of Dewey Denouement's affections and he is potentially the father of her future child, as he whispers her name when he dies. This is the case in the TV series.
In The Grim Grotto, it is revealed that Kit assisted Captain Widdershins in the construction of the Queequeg. She and her brothers fought against Café Salmonella after the restaurant wiped out the fleet of V.F.D. salmon. Kit also wrote a letter to her friend Gregor Anwhistle, warning him about the danger of the Volatile Fungus Deportation program - do not use the poisonous mushrooms, Medusoid Mycelium. She was working on the way to dilute the poison at Opportune Odors Horseradish Factory on Lousy Lane.
According to Lemony Snicket's autobiography, she went to Prufrock Preparatory School disguised as a teacher (Ms. K) after the Baudelaires left the school, replacing Mr. Remora after he choked on a banana and retired. She had her students read books relating to V.F.D. as well as her brother's A Series of Unfortunate Events which also exists in the continuity of the series (because Kit dies in The End, it can be assumed that Lemony was still in the process of writing the series while Kit was teaching). The full list of books:
- Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Clearly
- Matilda by Roald Dahl
- Ivan Lachrymose: Lake Explorer by Vincent Francis Doyle
- Grimm's Fairy Tales by the Brothers Grimm
- Green Mansions by William Henry Hudson
- The Coded Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe (not a real book)
- I Lost Something at the Movies by Lena Pukalie
- Nine Stories by J. D. Salinger
- The History of Lucky Smells Lumbermill by Sir
- A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
- Charlotte's Web by E. B. White
- Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Vice Principal Nero fired her when he read an article in The Daily Punctilio supposedly given to him by Mr. and Mrs. Spats, that forbade that particular list of books. When Nero informed her of his decision, Kit grabbed two orphaned students by the ankles and ran off, recruiting them into V.F.D. It is unknown who the students were or if they featured in the books at any point.
A Series of Unfortunate Events
The Carnivorous Carnival
At the start of chapter six, Lemony Snicket breaks briefly from recounting the story to speak directly to his sister, telling her that he is still alive and searching for her. Her name is not mentioned.
- "And it is difficult to hide yourself, because you sometimes need to stuff yourself into the trunk of an automobile, or concoct a disguise out of whatever you can find, but it is easy to hide a secret about yourself, because you can merely type it into a book and hope it falls into the right hands. My dear sister, if you are reading this, I am still alive, and heading north to try and find you."
The Slippery Slope
Though her name is once again not mentioned, Lemony Snicket addressed a letter hidden at the end of chapter 5 of The Slippery Slope to "My dear sister". Lemony writes to her that he has finally learned where he can find the evidence that will prove he is innocent of arson and that it was Count Olaf who started the many fires.
He also writes that the suggestion she made to him many years ago at a picnic, "that a tea set would be a handy place to hide anything important and small in the event of a dark day" (this might be referring to the Sugar Bowl), has turned out to be useful. Lemony also notes that her other suggestion, "that a simple combination of sliced mango, black beans, and chopped celery mixed with black pepper, lime juice, and olive oil would make a delicious chilled salad", was also correct.
The Grim Grotto
The Penultimate Peril
At the start of The Penultimate Peril, Kit drives a taxi with the Baudelaires as her passengers. It is revealed that she was taking them to a meeting at Hotel Denouement where they will have brunch and she would give them their mission.
When they get out of the taxi, it is revealed that she is pregnant. The narration in chapter 9 implies she is the love interest and possibly even the wife of Dewey Denouement, who may have been the father of her future child, as he whispers her name as he dies.
After Kit leaves the Baudelaires at the hotel, Lemony Snicket mentions Kit went to waterski towards Captain Widdershins, and later on, she waterskis away from him.
Between The Penultimate Peril and The End
After she left them at the Hotel Denouement, she met with Captain Widdershins and his stepchildren, Fiona and Fernald. Together they repaired his submarine and reached the Quagmires and Hector just as the self-sustaining hot air mobile home was wrecked by eagles and crashed into the submarine. Kit was injured when a telegram device fell on both of her legs. She made a raft, also known as a Vaporetto of Favorite Detritus, out of her various favorite books, but all of the others were either captured or rescued by the mysterious question mark-shaped object, "The Great Unknown". Kit somehow inexplicably crossed paths with the Incredibly Deadly Viper who kept her company on the raft.
Kit washes onto the coastal shelf with the Incredibly Deadly Viper near the island aboard the raft of books, unconscious and with both legs injured. Count Olaf attempts to disguise himself as Kit, but everyone else is able to see through it. When Kit regains consciousness, she informs the Baudelaires of the ambiguous fates of the Quagmires, Fiona, Fernald, Captain Widdershins and Hector.
Like the islanders, Kit is poisoned by the Medusoid Mycelium. She refuses the hybrid horseradish apple as a cure because it will harm the baby as there's an ingredient in the hybrid apple that is harmful for babies in utero.
Upon finding out that Kit is entering labor, Count Olaf carries Kit to where she can better perform childbirth, thus performing what Violet calls the one good deed in his life (during which he surprisingly kisses Kit on the lips, hinting at a past relationship between the two).
In pain during the birth, Kit quotes to Count Olaf an excerpt of a poem written by Francis William Bourdillon: "The night has a thousand eyes, and the day but one; yet the light of the bright world dies with the dying sun. The mind has a thousand eyes, and the heart but one: yet the light of a whole life dies when love is done."
Kit dies just after giving birth to her daughter, who is named after the Baudelaires' mother, Beatrice Baudelaire. Her grave is on the island where Ishmael facilitated. When visiting her grave, the Baudelaires often left flowers in her memory.
Although there are few illustrations of Kit by Brett Helquist who drew Kit as having glasses and possessing light-colored hair, however, it was described as long and messy in the book. The shade may be interpreted as light brown, ginger orange or blonde. She also wears two pencils in her hair at odd angles, and seems to also have a comb in it on the cover of The Penultimate Peril.
On the cover of The Penultimate Peril, she appears to be wearing orange-and-blue Oriental/Asian clothing. However, in the book itself, it says she wears a very elegant black coat, buttoned up all the way to her chin, and tucked into the lapel was a flower that had seen better days, having lost most of its petals and wilted considerably. She is also frequently mentioned to be wearing white gloves.
She had a kind face, but there were lines of worry across her brow, and it looked like she hadn't slept properly for quite some time. If the Baudelaires had been asked to guess Kit's condition, they would have said she looked like a woman who had been through much hardship. On the cover of The Penultimate Peril, her cheeks are quite rosy.
In the TV series, Kit has long, dark brown hair and gray eyes. Her hair color is likely brown in order to match her brothers, both of whom have similar coloring to her.
Behind the scenes
Kit is portrayed by Allison Williams in the TV series.
- "You must have thousands of questions, Baudelaires. I wish we had more time to talk, but it's already Tuesday. As it is you scarcely have time to eat your important brunch before getting into your concierge disguises and beginning your observations as flaneurs."
- "I'm distraught. That's my condition. I'm distraught, and I'm pregnant."
- "Saddened, but not shocked. So many good people have been slain by our enemies." (about her brother's death)
- "Look at yourselves. When your parents died, you were just a young girl, Violet. But you've matured. Those aren't the eyes of a young girl. They're the eyes of someone who has faced endless hardship. And look at you, Klaus. You have the look of an experienced researcher-not just the young reader who lost his parents in a fire. And Sunny, you're standing on your own two feet, and so many of your teeth are growing in that they don't appear to be of such unusual size, as they were when you were a baby. You're not children anymore, Baudelaires. You're volunteers, ready to face the challenges of a desperate and perplexing world."
- "I don't know. I'm sorry, Baudelaires. I failed you. You succeeded in your noble errands at the Hotel Denouement, and saved Dewey and the others, but I don't know if we'll ever see the Quagmires and their companions again. I hope you will forgive my failures, and when I see Dewey again I hope he will forgive me, too."
- "Its history began before we were born, and it should continue after we die. Give it to my child, Baudelaires. Let my child be part of my history, even if the baby is an orphan, and all alone in the world."
- "You're a wicked man. Do you think one kind act will make me forgive you for your failings?" (to Count Olaf)
- "The night has a thousand eyes. And the day but one; yet the light of the bright world dies with the dying sun. The mind has a thousand eyes, and the heart but one: yet the light of a whole life dies when love is done." (final words)
- Some speculated that Count Olaf referenced her in the TV series. In The Miserable Mill: Part One, he says, "Did you ever know a woman who took your heart and rattled it like a baby in a cage? Who joined you for years on a sequence of heists and schemes until the two of you were forced apart by circumstance, and also because you ran off in the middle of the night with a bunch of her valuables?" But, it is far more likely that he means Georgina Orwell.
- There was a theory Jacquelyn may be Kit Snicket, as "Jacquelyn" is the feminine form of her brother's name, Jacques. However, at the end of Season 2, a woman appears who Lemony says he knows very well. She appears in a taxi (possibly Jacques’s), like Kit does at the end of The Grim Grotto. She is said to be the previous "Madame Lulu" (prior to Olivia Caliban) and is seen rescuing the Sugar Bowl during the fire at Heimlich Hospital. This would be keeping with the books' implication that Count Olaf was involved with Madame Lulu, as he would have had a relationship with the previous Madame Lulu.
- Kit may have been the faceless woman from the flashback of The Carnivorous Carnival: Part One, writing the secret note saying "Olaf Knows". This is evidenced as they both have brown hair and red gloves.
- Who Could That Be at This Hour? (Mentioned only)
- When Did You See Her Last? (only in a phone conversation)
- Shouldn't You Be in School? (Mentioned only)
- Why Is This Night Different from All Other Nights?
- File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents (Mentioned only)
- The Carnivorous Carnival (Mentioned only)
- The Slippery Slope (Mentioned only)
- The Grim Grotto
- The Penultimate Peril
- The End
- Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography
- The Beatrice Letters (Mentioned only)
- A Series of Unfortunate Events (TV series)
All the Wrong Questions
A Series of Unfortunate Events books
A Series of Unfortunate Events TV series