Josephine Anwhistle
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Eaten to death by Lachrymose Leeches


Aunt Josephine

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Josephine Anwhistle was a member of of the secret organization V.F.D. and third guardian of the Baudelaire orphans following the death of their parents. She was the sister-in-law to a second cousin of the Baudelaires.[1]



Aunt Josephine's death.


Aunt Josephine's life jacket being found by fishermen.

Josephine Anwhistle had a husband named Isaac "Ike" Anwhistle. Josephine and Ike were together until Ike's unfortunate death of being eaten by Lachrymose leeches. After the incident, Josephine became very paranoid to the point of fearing real estate agents. The orphans refer to her as Aunt Josephine. She meets Captain Sham, who is really Count Olaf in disguise, and starts a romantic relationship with him. Josephine later answers the phone, and it's Captain Sham. She tells the children to leave the room because Captain Sham is planning a "surprise" for the children. When the children leave the room they find a suicide note and the wide window is broken, they assume she was forced to commit suicide. The children later find out that the suicide note is actually a hidden message, that reads: Curdled Cave. The children then go to Curdled Cave to rescue Josephine, and to bring Olaf to justice (by using Josephine as proof). Unfortunately, Mrs. Anwhistle ate a banana when they were sailing back from Curdled Cave, and the leeches attacked. Captain Sham came to "rescue" them, and threw Josephine to the leeches. Josephine persuaded Olaf to give her mercy, but then she corrected him when he made a grammatical error. After that he pushed Josephine off the boat, and it is unknown whether she survived or not. However, later a tattered life jacket is found, and it is believed she was eaten.


She is overprotective, and extremely paranoid. She is afraid of nearly everything in her house (such as the welcome mat, stove, and doorknobs). One of her worst fears however, is realtors, which is an irrational fear. Josephine also has her hair in a bun. Her fears stem as a possible result of her husband's passing causing her to be scared by even the most common household appliances, and finding ridiculous, yet possible reasons as to why they are dangerous (such as the refrigerator crushing someone, or a visitor tripping over a welcome mat and breaking their neck). Ironically, many of her fears actually occur during the film adaptation during the sequence where her house is being destroyed by a hurricane.

Behind the ScenesEdit



Aunt Josephine as portrayed by Meryl Streep.

In the film Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, Aunt Josephine is portrayed by Meryl Streep.

Television seriesEdit


Aunt Josephine as portrayed by Alfre Woodard.

In the television series A Series of Unfortunate Events, Aunt Josephine is portrayed by Alfre Woodard.