He seems like a decent chap, and overall I think he is probably cared the most about the Baudelaire's well being, but his complete inaction over the Stephano incident is pretty poor form. Not only does he fail to recognize Olaf, but he ignores the Baudelaire's protestations. And also, he missed the sebald code in Zombies in the Snow! But other than that, yeah, monty is pretty alright.
When I read the series as a kid, I thought Uncle Monty was the best guardian out of all the guardians the children had, and I thought that made him a good guardian. But now I would argue none of the Baudelaire's guardians were good guardians because even though some of them were nice people, none of the guardians protected to children from Count Olaf. Uncle Monty knew a lot about snakes, but who would be such a blithering idiot to not notice when someone is walking around their house with a knife 24/7? And the children flat out told him "Stefano" was Count Olaf, and he kept going on about spies from the herpetological society. He may have been the best guardian the children had (although I would probably go for Hector on that matter), but that did not make him a good guardian.
That being said, I do love cake.
Faith is being sure about what we hope for, being convinced about things we do not see. Hebrews 11:1 For God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16
And the children flat out told him "Stefano" was Count Olaf, and he kept going on about spies from the herpetological society.
Yes, especially considering that Stefano arrived only after Monty adopted the Baudelaire kids.
It occurs to me that if there isn't one already, there really ought to be a fanfiction/parody where Count Olaf stayed in hiding after TBB; Stefano really is a small-time spy from the H.S., Captain Sham is a genuine old sailor, etc.; but the Baudelaires, traumatized by their experience with Olaf, hallucinate all these innocent people to be him in disguise.
Terry Craig: that was an ace retort tbh, jean
Jan 25, 2020 22:10:11 GMT -5
emiliedenouement: Happy Year of the Rat! It is the setting of ASOUE...
Jan 26, 2020 23:01:48 GMT -5
emiliedenouement: also Book Club starting in Feb. w/ The Great Gatsby! Please join!
Jan 26, 2020 23:02:38 GMT -5
jeanlucio10: 75th ANNIVERSARY OF THE LIBERATION OF GERMAN NAZI CONCENTRATION AND EXTERMINATION CAMP AUSCHWITZ 27 JANUARY 2020.
Jan 27, 2020 21:25:07 GMT -5
jeanlucio10: I would like to read now a short story written by Lemony Snicket about how VFD helped to defeat Nazism. This would be interesting to introduce the subject to children.
Jan 27, 2020 21:27:54 GMT -5
jeanlucio10: "Anne Frank - the Diary of a Young Girl",could be the book club's third book? I haven't read this one either.
Jan 27, 2020 21:35:14 GMT -5
Terry Craig: I think the historical events are interesting enough on their own, and don't need to be taught just to introduce children to Lemony Snicket.
Jan 27, 2020 21:35:21 GMT -5
jeanlucio10: You're right Terry.
Jan 27, 2020 21:36:40 GMT -5
jeanlucio10: This request of mine was a selfish appeal from my heart, disguised as a request on behalf of the children.
Jan 27, 2020 21:37:59 GMT -5
𝓑𝓮𝓪𝓻: i know anne frank was a belieber but i wonder if she was in the VFD too
Jan 27, 2020 21:58:29 GMT -5
jeanlucio10: I just read a 2013 report about your comment 𝓑𝓮𝓪𝓻, so I can understand the meaning. Through this report, I realized that there are people more self-centered than me.
Jan 27, 2020 22:46:00 GMT -5
Hermes (or Herms): If we manage to have Bearies this year, I know who I will nominate for Best Pairing.
Jan 28, 2020 6:20:44 GMT -5