Arthur Poe is a Financial banker who was promoted to the position of Vice President in Charge of Orphan Affairs at Mulctuary Money Management before the series begins. This fact is confirmed by Count Olaf near the end of The End. He is usually blatantly ignorant of Count Olaf's disguises, and he has never listened to the Baudelaire orphans nor believed them when they were allowed to speak their minds. It is also revealed by Count Olaf that Mr. Poe had a stage name, although is it not revealed what the name was.
Arthur Poe has two children: Edgar and Albert, and a wife, Polly. His sister, Eleanora Poe, is believed to be a V.F.D. member as well as the Editor-in-Chief for the The Daily Punctilio; she assigned Lemony Snicket to be the dramatic critic for the very same newspaper.
Lemony Snicket hints in book 12 that Arthur Poe eventually dies from a harpoon incident. He also, supposedly, hid secret documents in his hat at some point.
Behind the ScenesEdit
- In Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, he was portrayed by British actor Timothy Spall.
- Both his name, and those of his two sons', are derived from Edgar Allan Poe. The author named many of his characters after famous poets and such.