Post by Sugary Snicket on Aug 18, 2005 13:59:51 GMT -5
iliketotypewrite, although swearing is, too, against my moral standards, think for five seconds. If you knew someone who kept putting you in unpleasent and often uncomfortable circumstances, wouldn't you get mad enough to swear at 'em?
Don't all the different languages in Sunny's vocabulary just make these books that much more fun linguistically? She has to grow out of biting sometime, after all.... Perhaps this will be her "special talent"--the born interpretor!
The unicorn lived in a lilac wood, and she lived all alone. She was very old, though she did not know it, and she was no longer the careless color of sea foam, but rather the color of snow falling on a moonlit night. But her eyes were still clear and unwearied, and she still moved like a shadow on the sea. --The Last Unicorn, Chapter One, Peter S. Beagle
Cooking, biting AND interpreting? I think cooking is her more "adult" habit, and all languages are not from Sunny but from Daniel Handler. They don't have anything to do with Sunny, the books or her character, just clever little references. Of course, Sunny is clever, and Handler's characters are Handler's characters in Handler's world and stuff.
Though whether it's Handler or Sunny or half and half, most people are looking too far into what it's supposed to be.
Post by mrskennedy on Sept 10, 2005 0:51:24 GMT -5
Also keep in mind, all, that the books, if I am not mistaken take place in Europe, where Violet is old enough to drink, and Klause is old enough to buy cigarettes. What a backward place Europe is. Also consider that Sunny probably learned French and the other languages from her siblings, or even her teachers, as foriegn language classes start in the third grade over there. If any one here is from Europe, I mean no offense. This is the product of an inferrior education
"How Odd of God to choose the Jews!" to which a rabbi replied, "Yet not as odd as those who choose a Jewish God and spurn the Jews
The books, as far as we can tell, have no real setting. Also, it would be a mistake to generalise all of Europe, as the laws change between different countries. Neither Violet nor Klaus would be old enough to buy cigarettes or alcohol in England, for example (one has to be 16 and 18, respectively). I don't know about any other European countries - they need to have a big website somewhere which lists the required ages for stuff in each country. It'd be very convenient for comparisons.
Edit: And nobody taught me foreign languages until the equivalent of Sixth Grade, but that would change between schools.
I think Sunny picked up French from her parents. This is a bit of a stretch, but: Baudelaire is a French name, so the children are probably of French ancestry, and their parents might have spoken French in the house. So, Sunny might have heard them swear in French at some point, and being an impressionable youngster she picked it up.