But as Esme is on her way down the frozen waterfall, the elder Baudelaires and Quigley begin to have second thoughts. Quigley realizes the smoke is driving away the snow gnats which will starve the salmon and the eagles. After having her memory triggered by a line on the V.F.D. Library sign, Violet decides that the whole plan is a mistake. Because if V.F.D. is a fire fighting organization, then fighting fire with fire will only put the whole world in smoke. Klaus later concurs that the hole is an abyss, which makes it monstrous. So now they have to come up with a backup plan and quick.
I decided to go back to Les Miserables with “Valjean’s Soliliquy” in which Jean Valjean is instantly regretting stealing the bishop’s silver but is struck by the man’s kindness. Because he was put in prison for years over stealing a loaf of bread and that nobody treated him like a human being. In this version, the elder Baudelaires and Quigley have second thoughts and decided to scrap the plan to trap Esme.
“What Have We Done?”
Sung by Violet and Klaus Baudelaire and Quigley Quagmire
What have we done?
Sweet Jesus, what have we done?
The smoke has scared gnats
So there won’t be salmon
The eagles will die
They’ll have nothing to eat
“The world is quiet here” under V.F.D.’s library
I vaguely remember that I heard it before
Our parents sang it to me before Klaus was born
If there’s another way to go
Since this is the only plan we know
We need backup and we need it right now
To save Sunny but I don’t really see how
Since Count Olaf took her and left us for dead
Just to steal all of our wealth and bread
I think we made a big mistake
If we know what V.F.D. stands for
As it’s Volunteer Fire Department
That fight out fires
They do not start them
Trapping Esme’s so insane
It is not right
We don’t want to be like Olaf
Or descend to his evil heights
Take an eye for an eye!
Set the world up in smoke!
If we fight fire with fire!
Then V.F.D. is a joke!
I think we have built a dark abyss
And that is something monstrous
This brings us to a dilemma
Do we go ahead with a bad plan
For God’s sake we have souls!
What do we know?
Is there another way to save Sunny?
Is there another way to go?
She is coming down quite fast
We must think up something quick
If you don’t think this is right
Give us some alternative
Let us take up a fencing mask
And prevent her falling in
Tell she’ll walk into a trap
So we won’t fall into sin