Menhir de Courbépine

Géolocalisation sur la carte : Eure

Le Menhir de Courbépine est un mégalithe situé sur la commune de Courbépine dans le département de l’Eure en France. Des traces de sa présence ont été signalées au XIXe siècle mais sa localisation reste mystérieuse.

Léon Coutil, président de la Société préhistorique française, est le seul à signaler son existence dans son « Inventaire des menhirs et dolmens de France : Eure » paru en 1897 :

« M. C. Fouquet, intrigué par le nom d’un vieux chemin tendant de Bernay au Marché-Neuf et appelé chemin de la « Pierre Percée » a fait de nombreuses recherches pour en connaître l’origine. Il est sorti de son embarras, car il a trouvé cette pierre au carrefour de deux chemins, à peu près enterrée dans le sol. Au centre du bloc, on aperçoit un trou assez large. Est-ce bien la cloison d’un dolmen ? La question est difficile à résoudre car il ne reste que ce bloc. »

Le caractère très vague de cette description ne l’a pas empêché d’être référencé au titre de l’Inventaire général du patrimoine culturel en 1986 sous l’appellation de menhir.

Keokuk County, Iowa

Keokuk County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the population was 10,511. The county seat is Sigourney.

Keokuk County was formed in 1837. It was named for the eponymous chief of the Sac Indians, who advocated peace with the white settlers. In May 1843, the county opened for public settlement and was self-governed from 1844. Previously it was governed by Washington County. After a debate lasting a few years for the location for the county seat, the right went to Sigourney in 1856.

Keokuk County is unusual in that it has two county fairs. The Keokuk County Fair is held in What Cheer and immediately followed by the Keokuk County Expo which is held in Sigourney.

The Keokuk County Courthouse in Sigourney was built in 1911. It has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1981.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 580 square miles (1,500 km2), of which 579 square miles (1,500 km2) is land and 0.7 square miles (1.8 km2) (0.1%) is water.

The 2010 census recorded a population of 10,511 in the county, with a population density of 18.1478/sq mi (7.0069/km2). There were 4,931 housing units, of which 4,408 were occupied.

As of the census of 2000, there were 11,400 people, 4,586 households, and 3,155 families residing in the county. The population density was 20 people per square mile (8/km²). There were 5,013 housing units at an average density of 9 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 99.00% White, 0.07% Black or African American, 0.11% Native American, 0.23% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.21% from other races, and 0.36% from two or more races. 0.54% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,586 households out of which 30.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.00% were married couples living together, 6.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.20% were non-families. 27.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.70% under the age of 18, 7.00% from 18 to 24, 25.50% from 25 to 44, 21.60% from 45 to 64, and 20.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 94.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $34,025, and the median income for a family was $41,818. Males had a median income of $28,306 versus $22,083 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,120. About 7.50% of families and 10.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.90% of those under age 18 and 10.50% of those age 65 or over.

The population ranking of the following table is based on the 2010 census of Keokuk County.

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Marc Friedman

Marc Friedman (born June 18, 1977 in Ohio) is an electric bassist/multi-instrumentalist and composer. Marc tours internationally and has recorded seven full-length albums with Boston-based avante-rock power trio The Slip. Marc is a co-arranger/producer/writer of the band’s material along with the other two members, Brad and Andrew Barr. His bass playing with The Slip (formed ca. 1995) has been regarded by most as widely influential and purely creative. Technical prowess with mature restraint and acute improvisational skills are part of Marc’s best known musical traits.

Marc was introduced to playing music when he was seven years old through classical piano lessons. An interest in rock music lead him to pick up guitar and bass in his teenage years. Marc is a graduate of Tabor Academy in Marion, Massachusetts, and he attended Berklee College of Music for two semesters in 1995/96. In and around Boston, Marc has taught private lessons to aspiring bass players and improvisors for many years. Teaching is a fortifying outlet for Marc’s inventive approaches to modern electric bass playing and improvising.

Philippine Independence Day Parade

The Philippine Independence Day Parade is a celebration for the Filipino American community in the United States home to more than 3.4 million Filipinos. Its main purpose is to create awareness of Philippine culture and to raise funds for charity projects in the Philippines and the United States.

Philippine Independence, as a celebration in America, has gained cultural awareness prominently after the 21st century began. Earlier generations of Filipino immigrants did not celebrate Philippine Independence in significant ways. Philippine Independence Day is widely celebrated among Filipinos in the United States and is now a major event for many Filipino Americans to rekindle their roots and heritage.

The largest among Philippine Independence celebrations in the United States takes place in New York City every first Sunday of June. The Philippine Independence Day Parade in New York City attracts over 100,000 people.

The 2016 Philippine Independence Day Parade in New York City took place on June 5, 2016, on Madison Avenue, following the tradition of the celebration being on the first Sunday of June.

Together with the Filipino American community, the Philippine Consulate General in New York created the Philippine Independence Day Committee (PIDC) to commemorate the birth of Philippine Independence.

Established in 1990 during Consul General Hermenegildo Garcia’s term, PIDC is an ad hoc committee with a life cycle of one year. All consuls general would later become honorary overall chairperson. The position of overall chairperson is elected every year. The winner in the election will then appoint the rest of her/his executive committee.

At first, the theme of each year’s celebration is handed down from the Government of the Philippines in Manila. Later on, the overall chairperson chooses the theme for her/his term. The coat of arms of the Republic of the Philippines is the centerpiece of the PIDC logo and PIDC’s official address is that of the Philippine Consulate in New York. Checks payable to PIDC are mailed to and received by the Philippine Consulate and handed over to PIDC. All PIDC meetings, with rare exceptions, are conducted at the Consulate.

The Philippine Independence Day celebration in the northeastern United States includes not only New York but also the twelve states under the jurisdiction of the Philippine Consulate General in New York, namely, Connecticut, Delaware, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont. Depending on the theme each year, the overall chairperson may expand and invite other areas to participate in PIDC’s many activities.

Traditionally held along Madison Avenue from 37th to 25th Streets in Manhattan, the climax of the preparation, the Philippine Independence Day Parade, Street Fair and Cultural Show, held on the first Sunday in June each year is the biggest celebration of Philippine Independence outside the Philippines. The Street Fair and Cultural Show take place on the east side of Madison Square Park. The festivities include a beauty, brains and talent contest that concludes in the Diwa ng Kalayaan (Spirit of Independence) Selection and Coronation Pageant and Gala, Philippine Independence Ball (the culminating festivity of the annual commemoration held on the Saturday after the first Sunday in June), An Evening with the Consul General, the Grand Marshal Gala, other fund raising activities, special cultural presentations and other events that may be initiated by the overall chairperson.

The Philippine Consulate extends its support and guidance to the PIDC from inception to culmination of the annual event. It begins with the sending of invitations to community leaders to a general meeting, election of overall chairperson, and in the planning and execution of activities up to Appreciation Night where the Consul General awards certificates of appreciation to PIDC officers and members.

Since 1993, there were calls for incorporation of PIDC. On September 8, 2001, with the election of the overall chairperson, the members of the Filipino American community were also given the chance to cast their vote on the incorporation of PIDC. Results showed that majority of Filipino Americans are in favor of incorporating PIDC. With paperwork and processing, an incorporated PIDC will take over the reins of the annual commemoration in 2003. Hence, 2002 was PIDC’s last year under the auspices of the Consulate General of the Philippines, New York.

The Philippine Independence Day Council, Inc. (PIDCI) was issued its certificate of incorporation on February 14, 2002 and the new corporation took over the planning, organizing, production, execution, direction and presentation of the annual New York commemoration of the anniversary of the declaration of Philippine Independence. Under the bylaws of PIDCI, the Philippine Consul General in New York remained as an honorary adviser and the commemorations were held „with the cooperation of the Consulate General of the Philippines“.

The Philippine Independence Day Parade, like any major New York City parades, has a set schedule for its annual celebration. Its usual slot is the first Sunday of June. Since its inception in 1990, the parade has steadily garnered attention not only from the Filipino American community, also from the general population of the New York metropolitan area.

The Philippine Independence Day Council, Inc., which was preceded by the ad-hoc community organization Philippine Independence Day Committee under the auspices of the Consulate General of the Philippines in New York, has been criticized for failing to invite prominent leaders and figures to join the annual event. Also, the council, and the committee before that, has been continuously called on to allow younger Filipinos and Filipino Americans to collaborate in organizing the Philippine Independence Day Parade as opposed to the usual older generation of Filipinos, who are members of the current organizing group. The annual parade also experiences protests from several Philippine civic and political groups.

Several celebrations dedicated to Philippine Independence are done throughout the world. An example of this would be a smaller annual Philippine Independence Day Parade held in early June in Passaic, New Jersey. This parade is organized by a large Filipino and Filipino-American organization known as the Philippine Day Organizing Council (PDOC). Another major Philippine parade is held in New Jersey called the Philippine-American Friendship Day Parade in Jersey City, New Jersey, it is held every fourth Sunday of June to celebrate Philippine-American Friendship Day, which is July 4. The Philippine government declared July 4 every year as Philippine-American Friendship Day after the celebration of Philippine Independence Day was moved from July 4 to June 12.

Toronto hosts an annual Philippine Independence Day Celebration.

British Columbia celebrates an annual Philippine Days Festival event at the Waterfront Park in North Vancouver. This 2-day festival, attended by some 25,000 Filipino Canadians and other cultural minorities, is usually held on the second weekend of June, and organized by the Metro Vancouver Philippine Arts and Culture Exposition Society (MVPACES). The highlight of the celebration happens on the second day where festivities begin with a flag raising ceremony at the City Hall of North Vancouver, then everyone proceeds to the Waterfront Park where a Park Parade starts the grand opening ceremony. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) escorts the Canadian Flag, while leading Filipino organizations take turn each year to bring in the Philippine flag for the mass singing of the two national anthems. All throughout the 2-day spectacle are stage presentations of traditional Philippine music and dance, a showcase of Filipino talents and entertainment, games, raffle prizes and kid’s playland. Filipino cuisine and merchandise fill the park where Filipino Canadian families gather and celebrate. The City and District of North Vancouver play hosts to the event along with the Philippine Consulate General in Vancouver, British Columbia.

San Francisco celebrates Philippine Independence Day annually at Union Square. The Philippine flag is raised at the San Francisco City Hall every June 12 as a commemoration of the event and for San Francisco’s large Filipino community.

Seattle celebrates Philippine Independence Day through the „Pagdiriwang Festival,“ held every June at the Seattle Center.

A smaller annual Philippine Independence Day parade is held in early June in Passaic, New Jersey.

By letter dated April 12, 2006, the Office of the Attorney General of the State of New York (OAG), cancelled the Philippine Independence Day Council, Inc.’s (PIDCI) registration to solicit contributions. The OAG’s Charities Bureau Registry found that PIDCI had been delinquent in filing annual financial reports for 2003, 2004, and 2005, and gave PIDCI until May 12, 2006 to re-register, file all delinquent reports, pay delinquent fees, and remit a re-registration fee of $150. The PIDCI Presidents for the years in question were Reuben Seguritan, Esq., Rogelio Alama, and Nimia Lacebal, respectively; while the Overall Chairpersons for those years were Nena Kaufman, Lolit Gillberg, and Nimia Lacebal, respectively. The OAG’s action may affect PIDCI’s fundraising and planning for the 2006 Philippine Independence Day Parade scheduled for June 4. Days after the OAG’s letter, the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office („New Jersey AG“) informed PIDCI by letter dated April 26, 2006 that it had to register with the New Jersey AG’s Charities Registration & Investigation Unit if PIDCI planned to hold charitable events and solicit funds in New Jersey. The New Jersey AG’s Office gave PIDCI until May 11 to comply.

Чемпионат Европы по борьбе 1983

Чемпионат Европы по борьбе 1983 года проходил в городе Будапеште (Венгрия).

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René Dettweiler

René Dettweiler (* 25. April 1983 in Lübz, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern) ist ein deutscher Profiboxer.

In seiner Zeit als Amateur bestritt Rechtsausleger Dettweiler 70 Kämpfe für den BC Schwerin, von denen er 50 gewann. Zudem gab es vier Unentschieden und 16 Niederlagen. Als Amateur erreichte er folgende Titel:

Sein Profidebüt gab der gebürtige Mecklenburger am 31. Mai 2003. Trainiert wurde er von Manfred Wolke, später wechselte er zu Otto Ramin. Nach zunächst 18 siegreichen Kämpfen, unter anderem gegen Ondřej Pála, boxte er am 4. November 2006 gegen den erfahrenen Briten Michael Sprott um den EU-Titel im Schwergewicht, unterlag jedoch nach Punkten. Im August 2008 verlor er auch knapp gegen seinen Stallkollegen Cengiz Koç, im Oktober 2009 konnte er mit einem Sieg gegen den nigerianischen Olympiateilnehmer Gbenga Oluokun (Bilanz 17-1) seinen wohl größten Erfolg feiern. In seinem folgenden Kampf am 30. Januar 2010 ging er aber gegen die Nachwuchshoffnung Edmund Gerber (Bilanz 9-0) in zwei Runden K.o.

Schriever, Louisiana

Schriever is a census-designated place (CDP) in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 5,880 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Houma–Bayou Cane–Thibodaux Metropolitan Statistical Area.

The place name was for railroad official John George Schriever (1844-1898), in connection with the 1870s opening of the rail line to Houma.[citation needed]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 14.4 square miles (37.4 km²), of which 14.4 square miles (37.2 km²) is land and 0.1 square mile (0.2 km²) (0.42%) is water.

Amtrak’s Sunset Limited train has a stop in Schriever.

As of the census of 2000, there were 5,880 people, 2,000 households, and 1,581 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 409.3 people per square mile (158.0/km²). There were 2,127 housing units at an average density of 148.1 per square mile (57.1/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 73.08% White, 24.13% African American, 0.94% Native American, 0.51% Asian, 0.46% from other races, and 0.88% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.34% of the population.

There were 2,000 households out of which 41.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.0% were married couples living together, 14.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.9% were non-families. 16.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.94 and the average family size was 3.29..

In the CDP the population was spread out with 29.6% under the age of 18, 11.4% from 18 to 24, 30.6% from 25 to 44, 20.4% from 45 to 64, and 8.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 94.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.6 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $38,884, and the median income for a family was $42,982. Males had a median income of $33,338 versus $21,477 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $14,449. About 10.0% of families and 12.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.2% of those under age 18 and 12.2% of those age 65 or over.

Windermere Supergroup

The Windermere Supergroup is a geological unit formed during the Ordovician to Silurian periods ~ million years ago, and exposed in the north west of England, including the Pennines and correlates along its strike, in the Isle of Man and Ireland, and down-dip in the Southern Uplands and Welsh Borderlands. It underlies much of north England’s younger cover, extending south to East Anglia. It was formed as a foreland basin, in a similar setting to the modern Ganges basin, fronting the continent of Avalonia as the remains of the attached Iapetus ocean subducted under Laurentia.

The supergroup comprises the Coniston group of turbiditic limestones, and the overlying series of shales, grits and greywackes. Compression from the south east during the later Acadian orogeny (probably caused by the closure of the Rheic ocean) buckled the strata into anticlines and synclines and caused slaty cleavage in some sediment beds.

To the north west of the unit lies the Cambro-Ordovician Skiddaw Group, a sequence that formed on the Avalonian continental margin, composed mainly of turbidites. Between the two, the Borrowdale Volcanic Group consists of tuffs erupted by an underlying calc-alkaline volcanic arc, active during the subduction of the Iapetus ocean crust.

The Windermere basin was formed by flexure. Prior to its formation, the Southern Uplands accretionary prism, flanking the edge of the Laurentian continent, was advancing towards Avalonia. The load of the mountains formed during this collision weighed down the Avalonian plate, causing the development of accommodation space.

Sedimentation began in the Caradoc (upper Ordovician, million years ago). During the Llandovery, the Stockdale Supergroup is marked by a number of oxic-anoxic transitions, with black shales corresponding to transgressions – these may have helped to mitigate a runaway greenhouse effect. The rate of sediment accumulation accelerated with time; it held fairly steady at a low ~50 metres per million years (m/Ma) until the Wenlock (mid Silurian, million years ago), when it increased greatly, eventually reaching over 1000 m/Ma when the record is terminated by erosion in the Pridoli (terminal Silurian, million years ago). This sudden upturn in deposition rate is a result of the increasing proximity of the Avalon mountain belt, which started to depress the plate from the Ordovician, but was not close enough to increase the sedimentary input until the Silurian. The latest phase of sedimentation reflected a change in the basin’s state. Instead of being underfilled, and trapping all sediment that flowed into it, it became overfilled. This was reflected by a shallowing of water depth, as the basin silted up. This culminated with a transition to terrestrial conditions in the Přídolí.

Analysis of the clay mineral illite from a section across the Windermere Supergroup permits an estimate to be made of its maximum burial depth. Deposits at the surface today were once covered with 5–6 km of sediment; some of this would belong to faulted Windermere deposits, but it is postulated that the bulk of it was Old Red Sandstone, including molasse deposits laid down by alluvial fans on the flanks of the mountain belt, and probably lower energy fluvial (river) or aeolian (dune) deposits.

Sinclair’s model of foreland basins has remained the state of the art for over a decade, and his four-stage model provides a good match for the Windermere supergroup. In the first stage, an orogenic wedge (here, the mountains of the Southern Uplands accretionary wedge) loads a passive margin, causing flexural subsidence and providing accommodation space. A „forebulge“, caused by the rigidity of the crust flexing up behind the load, causes uplift and permits erosion. As the bulge moves backwards, it leaves shallow waters in its wake, which can be filled with carbonates, while hemipelagic sediments and turbidites continue to fill the deeper parts of the basin, leaving a „trinity“ of facies — this is stage 2. At a certain point, the deep water basin changes from an underfilled state, where accommodation space is created as fast as it is filled with flysch, to an overfilled one (stage 3). The orogenic wedge then provides a significant source of molasse sediments, with turbidites and deltas prograding through the basin. The basin is eventually filled, and covered with fluvial and alluvial molasse (stage 4).

Stage 1 is hard to spot in the sedimentary record. The Dent Group, the oldest group of the supergroup, is a good match for the carbonate facies expected in the shallow waters of stages 2–3; accommodation space was created through thermal subsidence. The deeper water deposits of stage three are represented by the Stockdale and Tranearth groups, which display a steady deepening, as expected of sediments deposited in an underfilled basin, with a sedimentation rate high enough to preserve annual variation in places. (This signal is complicated by an overprinted signature of eustatic glaciations.) The end of stage three is represented by the Coniston Group, a series of sandy turbidites, with sediment supply from the north east (and controlled by basement faulting). The group is subdivided into formations, which each represent a turbidite lobe, and are separated by anoxic background sedimentation. The Kendal Group covers the transition into stage four, with pronounced shallowing up; turbidites become thinner-bedded, and anoxic hemipelagics give way to oxygenated sediments, with storm beds becoming more and more common, and intertidal sediments topping the group. The missing Old Red Sandstone mentioned above formed the molasse sediments of stage 4.

Throughout the Silurian, until the beginning of Old Red Sandstone deposition, sedimentation rate increases steadily, reaching a peak of 1 mm a−1.

Eine Pistole für Ringo

Eine Pistole für Ringo (Originaltitel: Una pistola per Ringo) ist ein italienisch-spanischer Spielfilm aus dem Jahr 1965 von Duccio Tessari. Es ist ein actionreicher Italowestern aus der Frühphase dieses Genres. Am 2. September 1966 erfolgte die deutschsprachige Erstaufführung des mittlerweile als Klassiker des Genres angesehenen Werkes.

Der mexikanische Bandit Sancho überfällt die örtliche Bank und zieht sich mit seiner Bande in dem Anwesen von Major Clyde zurück. Dort benutzt er die Anwesenden – neben dem Major und seiner Tochter eine Reihe Bediensteter – als Geiseln. Der unter Mordverdacht im Gefängnis von Quemado sitzende Ringo wird freigelassen, um gegen die Banditen vorzugehen und die Geiseln zu befreien. Dafür handelt er 30 % des erbeuteten Geldes aus. Ringo schleicht sich in die Bande Sanchos ein und verspricht ihm gegen noch mehr Geld, seinen Abzug zu arrangieren. Zarte Bande bahnen sich zwischen der Gangsterbraut Dolores und dem einsamen Major an; Sancho weiß seinen Forderungen mit Geiselerschießungen Nachdruck zu verleihen. Ringo gelingt es, Sancho auszutricksen und die Bande zu besiegen. Dabei stirbt auch Dolores. Ringo sucht mit seinem Lohn neue Abenteuer.

„Eine gut gebaute, psychologisch differenzierte und dramatische Banditengeschichte.“

„Humorvolle Episoden wechseln mit brutalen Szenen, überzeugend gespielt und gekonnt inszeniert.“

„Vielleicht das gelungenste Beispiel für die Übergangsphase von der reinen Imitation der amerikanischen Vorbilder zu einer eigenständigen Philosophie.“

„Ein harter, leichenreicher Western […]. Erstaunlich geschickt gebaut, mit psychologischer Durchzeichnung der Charaktere, könnte der Film erwachsene Freunde des Genres durchaus befriedigen.“

Noch im selben Jahr kam Ringo kommt zurück in die Kinos, ebenfalls unter der Regie von Duccio Tessari und mit weitgehend demselben Cast.

In den ersten Verleihkopien tritt Giuliano Gemma noch unter dem Pseudonym Montgomery Wood auf.

Das Filmlied Angel Eyes singt Maurizio Graf.

Esmé Gigi Geniveve d’Eschemizerre Squalor

Esmé Gigi Geniveve Squalor (D’eschemizerre dans la traduction française) est un personnage fictif de la série „Les Désastreuses Aventures des orphelins Baudelaire, “ écrite par Daniel Handler sous le pseudonyme de Lemony Snicket. Elle fait partie avec le Comte Olaf, son amant, des antagonistes principaux de l’intrigue.

Le rôle d’Esmé dans l’intrigue est marqué d’une certaine ambiguïté : elle semble y tenir une influence forte, est entourée de nombreux mystères et dépend de nombreuses sous-intrigues susceptibles d’intéresser le lecteur. Néanmoins, la série comporte un très grande nombre de sous-intrigues laissées sans résolution/explication, ce qui est le cas de la plupart de celles où Esmé apparaît.

Son passé reste obscur : on la soupçonne d’être une „orpheline“ causée par la guerre du schisme de l’organisation, ou d’avoir été „reniée“ par sa famille après avoir changé de camp. Dans le dixième tome, on apprend qu’elle gère la fortune Beauxdraps, ce qui semble étrange vu que ses anciens propriétaires étaient ses ennemis : il se pourrait qu’elle se soit fait échoir sa gérance grâce à un lien du sang avec la famille. En ce cas, elle pourrait être apparentée aux triplés Beauxdraps (en tant que tante, à la vue de son âge), ce qui serait logique puisque c’est selon toute vraisemblance elle qui a organisé le rapt des triplés. Le nom de jeune fille d’Esmé reste néanmoins un mystère irrésolu : même avant son mariage, elle faisait barrer son nom de famille partout où il apparaissait (ce qui suggère un lien gênant à dissimuler). Très peu de gens semblent connaître la véritable origine d’Esmé.

Esmé fut élevée dans un des Quartiers Généraux de VDC afin d’y recevoir sa formation de volontaire. Elle affirme avoir été dans une de ces écoles avec la mère de Fiona Widdershins, et le capitaine éponyme semble l’y avoir connue de la même façon. Il semble probable qu’elle ait connu Béatrice, Lemony Snicket et la plupart des jeunes VDC de l’époque dans un de ces QG, mais l’auteur insiste dans le huitième tome qu’elle et Béatrice se sont rencontrées autour d’un thé (il n’est pas dit si cet évènement a eu lieu à l’âge adulte ou durant l’enfance, mais la seconde option paraît plus recevable). Elle dit avoir eu le Comte Olaf comme professeur de théâtre.

Esmé semble avoir un temps travaillé sur le Queequeg en tant qu’espion des VDC „scélérats.“ Quoi qu’il en soit, la décision d’Esmé de changer de camp semble s’être faite vers la fin de son adolescence. Elle tenta d’empêcher le meurtre des parents d’Olaf (organisé par les parents Baudelaire et Kit Snicket) en essayant de capturer leur allié Lemony Snickey, mais échoua. Il est probable que ce soit elle qui ait révélé à Olaf la vérité sur le meurtre de ses parents (cet évènement a manifestement cimenté leur relation). Elle révéla publiquement sa forfaiture durant une réunion de VDC qu’elle et son amant Olaf avait infiltrée, et fut dès lors considérée comme une ennemie de la société. Elle commença sa carrière de conseillère financière sans pour autant se départir de sa deuxième passion : elle joua dans plusieurs pièces organisées par Olaf avant de laisser de côté cette carrière très bien reçue par le public et la critique (corrompue).

À l’exception de Lemony Snicket, Esmé est le seul personnage de la série à mentionner Béatrice, l’ex-amante du narrateur, durant les évènements décrits par les livres. Elle semble développer une haine sans limites pour son ex-camarade, et une rancune amère, même après sa mort. Elle affirme que Béatrice l’aurait „volée, “ et que ce vol aurait en fait été celui du fameux sucrier autour duquel tourne l’intrigue de la série. Il semble s’agir d’un prétexte scénaristique plutôt que d’un réel mystère : le peu qu’on sait de la nature de ce sucrier semble rendre incohérents le fait qu’Esmé se le soit „approprié“ (il appartient à VDC depuis des temps immémoriaux), ainsi que la rancune quelque peu démesurée d’Esmé face à un simple vol. Il se pourrait que le sucrier aût permis à Esmé de réaliser un objectif impossible à atteindre dans une autre situation, et que Béatrice le lui aurait retiré en connaissance de cause. On peut aussi imaginer que ce simple vol serait un prétexte invoqué par Esmé (très attachée aux possessions matérielles) et servant en réalité à dissimuler des griefs plus gênants ou personnels : il est possible qu’Esmé ait été jalouse de Béatrice depuis l’adolescence. Plusieurs détails de la série suggèrent aussi une affaire amoureuse entre Béatrice et Olaf, ce qui aurait également pu éveiller la colère d’Esmé.

Esmé a selon toute vraisemblance participé à l’incendie de la demeure Baudelaire, avec la complicité d’Olaf et de ses alliés. Elle s’intéresse dès lors à un appartement suspicieux du 667 Boulevard Noir, qu’elle soupçonne d’avoir pu servir aux parents Baudelaire à s’échapper (d’autant que cet appartement n’est autre qu’un ancien QG VDC et qu’elle subodore un passage secret entre cet endroit et la demeure Baudelaire). Elle tente de s’en emparer et écrit à Géraldine Julienne pour découvrir l’identité de l’acheteur récent de cet appartement : son but est de le séduire et de l’épouser pour pouvoir inspecter cet appartement à sa guise et en faire un point de ralliement pour les VDC „scélérats.“ Esmé rencontre l’acheteur (son futur mari, Jérôme Squalor), le séduit et l’épouse après une seule soirée. Elle découvre ainsi que ses doutes étaient confirmées et décrète que les ascenseurs sont „out“ pour pouvoir ré-utiliser le passage en toute tranquillité. Elle mène dès lors une vie de couple ambigüe avec Jérôme, le méprisant et le dominant sans pour autant cesser d’être sa femme. Il est probable qu’Esmé n’ait décidé d’épouser Jérôme que durant le court laps de temps où Olaf avait prévu d’épouser Violette. Esmé organise l’incendie de la demeure Beauxdraps avec ses alliés, et récupère la gérance de la fortune familiale : elle en place les deux héritiers, Isadora et Duncan, au pensionnat Prufrock, en attente de les utiliser pour s’approprier leur argent. L’occasion se présente lorsqu’Olaf doit travailler à Prufrock en tant que professeur : Esmé lui demande d’enlever les deux orphelins de façon à ce qu’elle puisse les cacher le temps de mettre un plan au point.

Jacques Snicket tenta d’empêcher Jérôme d’épouser Esmé en révélant dans une lettre ses véritables motivations, mais la missive fut interceptée et détruite par le portier de son immeuble (Fernald, qu’Esmé avait engagé en tant qu’espion). Désirant mettre la main à la fois sur les fortunes Beauxdraps et Baudelaire, elle suggéra à Jérôme d’adopter quelques enfants, ce qui fit atterrir les Baudelaire sous sa tutelle, inconscients du rôle qu’elle avait joué dans le meurtre de leurs parents et le rapt des Beauxdraps. Esmé se révéla être une tutrice cynique, prenant un malin plaisir à tourmenter les orphelins. Son plan consistait à cacher les cinq enfants dans un lot spécial des Enchères In pour le racheter par la suite et emmener les héritiers des fortunes dans un endroit sûr, jusqu’à ce qu’ils atteignent leur majorité, afin de s’emparer de l’argent. Le plan commença à mal tourner lorsqu’Esmé fit l’erreur de présenter aux enfants Gunther (le Comte Olaf déguisé), le commissaire-priseur des enchères où devaient être emportés les Beauxdraps. Conscients qu’Olaf tramaît quelque chose, mais ignorant la complicité d’Esmé, les Baudelaire commencèrent à suivre ses déplacements, ce qui les conduisit à découvrir involontairement les Beauxdraps, cachés au fond d’une cage d’ascenseur vide (Esmé avait auparavant décrété que les ascenseurs était out pour éloigner les opportuns). Les orphelins tentèrent de les délivrer, mais Esmé se rendit compte de leur découverte et eut le temps de déplacer les triplés pendant qu’ils échafaudaient un plan. Lorsqu’ils revinrent dans la cage d’ascenseur, les Baudelaire ne trouvèrent donc rien, et n’eurent d’autre choix que de demander l’aide d’Esmé, qu’ils croyaient digne de confiance. Celle-ci les poussa au fond de la cage d’ascenseur (en attendant de se débarrasser d’eux), révélant ainsi sa véritable nature. Esmé courut à la vente aux enchères pour assister Olaf, mais les orphelins réussirent à s’échapper et la rattrapèrent. La supercherie de la vente aux enchères fut dévoilée ; néanmoins, Olaf réussit à s’échapper avec les Beauxdraps prisonniers. Trempée jusqu’au cou dans une affaire louche et lasse de sa vie de couple avec Jérôme, Esmé préféra le suivre et devenir une hors-la-loi. Elle devant à partir de sa fuite sa partenaire privilégiée dans ses plans.

À partir du tome VII, Esmé fait partie de la troupe d’Olaf et devient l’un des antagonistes principaux de la série.

Lemony affirme à la fin de la série que le chemin des trois protagonistes (les enfants Baudelaire) n’a jamais recroisé celui d’Esmé : il fait plus tard la liste des personnes présentes lors de l’incendie de l’Hôtel Dénouement et dont il ignore si elles ont ou non survécu. Esmé n’en fait pas partie, ce qui suggère qu’il sait précisément ce qui est advenu d’elle. Dans le hors-série „Lettres à Béatrice, “ censé se dérouler dix ans après l’incendie de l’Hôtel, Lemony soupçonne une lettre d’avoir en réalité été écrite par Esmé pour le piéger, ce qui suggère qu’il la sait encore vivante. Son mari Jérôme a également de grandes chances d’avoir survécu à l’incendie : il se pourrait donc qu’ils aient vécu ensemble après l’incendie, mais qu’Esmé ait oui ou non continué à travailler pour VDC reste un mystère.

Les tomes composant la série fonctionnent sur un ensemble de rythmes et de thèmes répétés à chaque nouvel ouvrage. À partir de son entrée en scène, Esmé arbore à chaque nouvel opus un habillement différent, censé être à la pointe de la mode, mais passablement ridicule (un effet comique fortement utilisé). Certains associent l’incongruité croissante des costumes à la déchéance progressive d’Esmé.