- The Beatrice Letters
infobox Book |
name = The Beatrice Letters
cover_artist = Brett Helquist
language = English
series = "
A Series of Unfortunate Events" (companion)
genre = Epistolary
pub_date = September 4, 2006 (UK)
September 5, 2006 (US)
media_type = Print (Hardback)
pages = 72 pp
isbn = ISBN 0060586583
"The Beatrice Letters" is a book by
Lemony Snicket. It is tangential to the children's book series " A Series of Unfortunate Events", and was published shortly before the thirteenth and final installment. According to its cover, the book is "suspiciously linked to Book the Thirteenth", although the British edition merely states that it "contains a clue to Book the Thirteenth".
The book consists of thirteen letters, six from
Beatrice Baudelaireto Lemony Snicket, six from Lemony Snicket to Mrs. Beatrice Baudelaire, and one from Lemony Snicket to his editor (one of these appears in every book in the main series, but this is the first time such a letter has been incorporated into the plot). However, the two Beatrices, despite sharing a name, are clearly separate individuals, and while Lemony Snicket's letters are plainly written beginning from his childhood and ending shortly before Violet Baudelaireis born, the Beatrice writing to Snicket is apparently writing after the events of "The End". The older Beatrice is the one referred to throughout "A Series of Unfortunate Events" by Lemony Snicket as his deceased love, and her identity as the mother of the Baudelaire children from the series is revealed in "The Beatrice Letters", but the younger Beatrice's identity is not directly explained, apart from the statement that she also has some connection to Violet, Klaus, and Sunny (although in "The End" it is revealed that she is the daughter of Kit Snicket).
The book contains twelve punch-out letters (of the alphabet, as opposed to correspondence, although the ambiguity is intentional), and each is mentioned in different, interesting ways. An example is that the first letter is an E, juxtaposed against a card from Snicket to Beatrice, in which a map Snicket had drawn forms an E. The cardstock letters appear to be an anagram of 'Beatrice Sank'. They may also be arranged to spell other words such as 'A Brae Snicket', which may be referring to one of the letters to Beatrice, or 'Bear a Snicket'.
In the first letter it is revealed that Beatrice Baudelaire is 10 years old and that her tutors (Violet, 27; Klaus, 25; and Sunny, 13) have vanished without a trace.
In the second letter Lemony Snicket revealed that count Olaf at him on an anagram course has sat.
In the third letter it becomes clear that Beatrice is an orphan.
In the fourth letter Lemony told Beatrice that her employer Eleonora Poe is very suspicious because The Daily Punctilio published that the Duchess of Winnipeg was deaf instead of dead.
In the fifth letter Beatrice begs again to find her three find tutors. There is also a code that says "Are you certain your co-star is one of us(?)".
In the sixth letter becomes clear that Lemony aims the letters to Beatrice Baudelaire.
In the seventh letter Beatrice claimed that there is a fourth Baudelaire. Probably this letter has been written for the fire and is the fourth Baudelaire Bertrand or is fourth Baudelaire-orphan. Beatrice refers therefore to that on or other manner survivor will be, whereas Beatrice knew then probably still nothing of the fateful fire which will be its mean, or this already from the start to clear that of the two Baudelaire parents the fire would survive?
In the eighth letter Beatrice noted that Violet, Klaus and Sunny had not survived their adventures without Beatrice. It is unclear by which Beatrice has written this letter.
In the ninth letter someone sends with the initials L.S. a dispatch to the mother of the Baudelaires in which he wants reveal a code, but the only character of the code on the dispatch is A.
The tenth letter is written at the back the visiting card of Beatrice and there answers that they bring never in the problems savage to Lemony and that the next letter him will become concerned by a waiter. Because of this clear that the first letter becomes the ticket of Snicket, in which stands where he will agree with the reader.
The eighth letter it appears possible that it still contains an extra letter, within this are questions from Lemony to Beatrice.
The last letter is the letter from Lemony Snicket to his editor, in which he says he is glad that the solution of the mysteries of the Baudelaires is now close. The book contains also still a poem that it has been written with the title " My Silence Knot' an anagram of Lemony Snicket.
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