Armstrong Feint, often know under his criminal alias Hangfire, is the overarching antagonist in the Lemony Snicket franchise.
He acts as main antagonist of all four installments in the All the Wrong Questions series and a posthumous antagonist in the A Series of Unfortunate Events series. He is an enigmatic criminal and the leader of the Inhumane Society.
Who Could That Be At This Hour?
At the beginning of the first novel Hangfire is reported to be hiding from authorities in the Stain'd-by-the-Sea, although he doesn't appear fully until Lemony Snicket and S. Theodora Markson arrive at the Sallis Mansion, where he disguises himself as a butler to avoid being recognized before seemingly kidnapping Armstrong Feint and leaves a threatening note to his daughter.
He then gains an interest in the Bombinating Beast, and wishes to buy the creature for a very hefty price. He sends a telegram in interest of gaining it, but he does not succeed with this, much to his annoyance.
Armstrong's daughter then reveals to Lemony Snicket that she was been tracking Hangfire's movements for a long time, but has not clue where he could be. Despite this, they do know that he has been kidnapping many individuals in order to further succession in his goals prompting her to bring him the Bombinating Beast in order to hopefully gain her father back.
When did you see her last?
Hangfire's role is significantly smaller in the second book, but his presence is still very prominent ,as it is revealed that he has now decided to kidnap children and places them in a hospital. He also murders Colonel Colophon and disguises himself as a wounded colonel, which goes directly through Snicket, prompting a battle between the two that results in Hangfire fleeing the scene.
Why is This Night Different from All Other Nights?
In the third and final story, Hangfire appears during the climax and his mask and hat are knocked off revealing his identity to actually be Armstrong Feint. After another brief battle, Snicket summons the Bombinating Beast to the nearby railway track and shoves the exposed Armstrong towards the monster, which devours him alive.
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