The Perilous Preparation: The Bad Beginning Nov 19, 2016 8:12:19 GMT -5
Post by gliquey on Nov 19, 2016 8:12:19 GMT -5
How odd. I've never looked for a printer's key before, but I think the relevant numbers in my TBB copy are: 20 19 18 17 16 15.
That's funny. My copy (printer's key: 19 20) does have the page number. My copy of TSS (also UK Hardcover, printer's key: 9 10 8), however, is missing the first whole-page illustration. There's just a blank page where it's supposed to be.
For TSS, my copy does have the first illustration (key 7 9 10 8 6).
And I think all UK hardbacks are missing the last two illustrations in TE, after chapters 13 and 14 - I know mine definitely is (key 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2).
I suppose this is reasonable, but on the other hand it is emphasised very strongly how simple marriage laws in the city are. The extract Klaus reads out specifically says "The laws of marriage in this community are very simple", and he tells Violet (emphasis mine) "The only legal requirements of marriage in this community...", and then later Olaf says "The marriage laws in this community are quite simple". I'm sure Klaus must be reading out a summary - after all, Nuptial Law is supposed to be a long and detailed book. In any case, it's not really a plot hole - your explanation does make sense, as does my idea that the Baudelaires were getting desperate and tried something that wouldn't have worked even had Strauss agreed. But I thought it was an interesting point to make.
Olaf specifically obtains an official document from City Hall rather than a simple "explanatory note," so clearly there's more to it; I imagine Nuptial Law proceeds to go into more technical detail and Klaus just read out the summary.
On page 136/137, the children try to convince Justice Strauss to mix her lines up in the play a bit, but even if she agreed to it, surely the marriage would still be legally binding as the only relevant requirement is the "presence of a judge", not a verbatim script delivered by a judge.