I can’t think of another word more perfect to describe The Vile Village except vile. Not very original, but it fits. These were horrid people. Hector was almost as useless as Jerome. Jerome could never stand up to his wife. Hector could not even look up at the Elders. How horrible!
Some good did finally come out of this story, depending on how you look at it. There is a definite freedom being achieved, not just the obvious freedom of Hector and the Quagmires, but also a small one from the Baudelaires. It doesn’t look like they’re going to have Mr. Poe placing them with even more inept guardians. They’re still children, but as a few first steps are taken, they are slowly growing up.
Now they just need to solve the mystery of their parents’ deaths and the misfortune that plagues their young lives. Somehow it is connected to the “author,” Lemony Snicket. I can’t wait to find out who Jacques was and Beatrice. Craig and I have a few theories, but none of them quite work. We’ve thought that Beatrice might actually be the late Mrs. Baudelaire, but the timeline of her death doesn’t work out. She could also be a future guardian of the children, who dies, as many of their guardians do. Should could also be a late member of the V.F.D. What a great mystery these books create.