The morning after visiting Mr. Poe at the bank, the children go downstairs to discover that Count Olaf has made them breakfast: oatmeal with fresh raspberries on top.
Count Olaf tells the children that Mr. Poe called him about their trip to the bank. In order to show the children that he can be a good guardian, Count Olaf tells them that he wants them to perform in his next play: The Marvelous Marriage. He tells Violet, she will play the young woman that he marries.
After Olaf leaves, Klaus and Violet agree that he must be up to something. They decide to visit Justice Strauss and borrow some books to see if they can figure out his plan.