Welcome back to A Series of Unfortunate Events! In this installment, we’ll be taking a closer look at The Reptile Room: Part 2.
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The Incredibly Deadly Viper
The Incredibly Deadly Viper is a snake that appears in the second book of A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Reptile Room. It is described as “the deadliest snake in the world.”
The Incredibly Deadly Viper is found by Sunny Baudelaire in a cage in Count Olaf’s reptile room. It is not initially clear whether the snake is venomous or not, but Sunny manages to get it to bite Olaf on the ankle, which causes him to fall into a pit of snakes and appear to die. Later on, it is revealed that the snake was not venomous and Olaf had faked his own death.
The Shockingly Evil Plot
If you have picked up this book in the hope of finding a story about a delightful Mr. Poe taking three children on an inspiring and educational journey through the reptile room at a zoo, I am sorry to disappoint you. This book is not that story.
This is the story of a villain’s attempt to murder two innocent children by unleashing poisonous snakes upon them in a confined space. It is a story of fury, forgiveness, and ultimately, reconciliation.
It is also, unfortunately, the continuation of a terribly unlucky series of events that began for the Baudelaire orphans when their parents died in a fire and continued when they were sent to live with their guardian, Count Olaf. As you may recall from The Bad Beginning, Count Olaf is a cruel, heartless man who will stop at nothing to get his hands on the Baudelaire fortune. In The Reptile Room, he poses as Dr. Montgomery Montgomery, an kindly man with a passion for reptiles. But make no mistake--Count Olaf is still up to his old tricks, and the Baudelaire orphans are in for yet another installment of misery and woe.
The Astonishingly Cruel Twist Ending
The Reptile Room Part 2 ends with an astonishingly cruel twist: the death of Count Olaf.
At the beginning of the book, it is revealed that Olaf is actually a con artist named Count O’Laugh, who is masquerading as a member of the aristocracy in order to gain access to the Baudelaire fortune.
Olaf first appears in The Reptile Room part 1, where he murders Uncle Monty in order to get closer to the Baudelaire orphans. In The Reptile Room part 2, Olaf attempts to murder Dr. Montgomery, but is thwarted by the intervention of the Incredibly Deadly Viper.
Olaf then flees to Peru, where he is pursued by the Baudelaires and eventually captured by Captain Sham. Olaf is brought back totrial in The Reptile Room part 3, where it is revealed that he is guilty of several counts of murder and fraud. Olaf is sentenced to death by hanging, and his execution is carried out at the end of The Reptile Room part 3.