The Miserable Mill Setting & Symbolism

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Futile Forest

The Baudelaire children see this forest through their train windows as they travel to Paltryville. The trees in the forest are very strange and do not have any leaves. Instead, they look like pipes sticking up in the air.

Paltryville

Paltryville is located near the Futile Forest. It is a small, cheerless town that is home to a post office, the Lucky Smells Lumbermill and Dr. Orwell's office. Not much else is mentioned about the town, other than instead of trees, they have stacks of newspapers lining the streets.

Paltryville Post Office

The post office is located across the street from the Lucky Smells Lumbermill. Instead of a flag, there is an old shoe hanging from the flagpole.

The Lucky Smells Lumbermill

The location for much of the story. The mill is owned by Sir, who is partners with Charles in the venture. Several employees stay...

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