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Paltryville is the town in which The Miserable Mill is set.[1]


Paltryville is surrounded by the Finite Forest which is described as dark and eerie. The town itself is not listed in any guidebook and the Baudelaire orphans instantly see why, when they arrive at the Paltryville station. Firstly, the train only stops once a day in Paltryville. There are a few shops on its one street but none of them have any windows; and instead of a flag flying from the post office's flagpole, there is a shoe dangling from it. Opposite the post office is the Lucky Smells Lumbermill, and its sign is written in rough and slimy letters made out of chewed-up gum. Instead of there being trees along the sidewalk there are towering stacks of old newspapers.[1]

Paltryville has its own constitution. It also has an optometry practice run by Georgina Orwell with a building resembling an eye, much like the tattoo on Count Olaf's left ankle.[1]

In the TV series, the town of Paltryville is depicted as being burned down in it's entirety with only the Lucky Smells Lumbermill and Dr. Orwell's office still standing by the time the Baudelaire orphans arrive in the town.

As seen in an old VFD photograph, before the fire, the town flourished and had many businesses and restaurants.



Current and former residents of Paltryville:



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 PROSE: The Miserable Mill
  2. 2.0 2.1 Jacques Snicket and Quigley Quagmire were in Paltryville after the Baudelaires went away from there. Quigley said this to them in The Slippery Slope.

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