Post by A Very Glittery Christmas on Apr 17, 2023 23:45:33 GMT -5
Chapter 1 If I remember correctly, this is the first reference to The Littlest Elf. I gotta love how the Baudelaires are the only ones that know the Quagmires would still be triplets even if Quigley was dead, which it later turns out he isn’t. Mr Poe has known Olaf for as long as the Bauds, yet the newspaper leads to him remembering him as Omar. What a dummy. Mr Poe not liking the village’s bank is a dumb reason for not letting the Bauds live there.
Post by A Very Glittery Christmas on May 2, 2023 19:31:07 GMT -5
Chapter 2 I’d take a bus over a mule any day. I love that definition of horizon. An underground setting would actually be really cool. I’m trying to picture a crow playing the trumpet. Consider how good the Baudelaires are at spotting Olaf while he’s in disguise, I’m surprised they didn’t recognize Esme.
Post by A Very Glittery Christmas on May 3, 2023 11:20:04 GMT -5
Chapter 3 I’ll just come out and say it, Hector is my 2nd favourite character in the entire series after Uncle Monty. I’ve actually been in a hot air balloon, and can confirm it’s one of the most exciting things I’ve ever done. The Littlest Elf is basically the Barney of the Averse.
Post by A Very Glittery Christmas on May 5, 2023 10:13:55 GMT -5
Chapter 4 At this point they should know that Mr Poe won’t be of any help. Olaf hiding the Quagmires in Nevermore Tree would be way easy than him dragging over a ginormous fountain to hide them in. In TAA the Quagmires slept in shifts, now it’s the Bauds’ turn.
Post by A Very Glittery Christmas on May 6, 2023 23:10:09 GMT -5
Chapter 5 Not sure about crows, but I know ravens can imitate speech. Considering that this particular bunch of old people in crow hats have a penchant for burning people for minor infringements, I understand Hector’s apprehension. The rule about the nuts is probably the most random rule. and that's really saying something.
Post by A Very Glittery Christmas on May 15, 2023 19:03:07 GMT -5
Chapter 6 If someone breaks multiple rules, would they have to be burned multiple times. Wish we could have heard what Jacques had to say about the Baudelaire parents. As much as I like Hector, this part gets on my nerves because surely he can muster up some courage to at least stand up for the Bauds.
Post by A Very Glittery Christmas on May 17, 2023 17:56:04 GMT -5
Chapter 7 An abandoned airport actually sounds like it’d be fun to explore. A Merganser is a breed of goose, referencing the phrase “wild goose chase” used earlier. This chapter actually ends on a pretty sweet note, with the Bauds all in their elements.
Post by A Very Glittery Christmas on May 18, 2023 23:23:45 GMT -5
Chapter 8 It’s nice that Violet fixed up the self-sustaining balloon house.Too bad the plan for everyone to live there didn’t work out. I wonder if Olaf somehow knew about rule 2493 and killed Jacques so he couldn’t be given a chance to give a speech.
Post by A Very Glittery Christmas on May 19, 2023 10:01:31 GMT -5
Chapter 9 It’s interesting to note that from this point forward Mr Poe always refers to Count Olaf as Count Omar, even though he’s known him for as long as the Baudelaires have.Just goes to show how easily swayed he is. Please don’t make me think about Count Olaf without a shirt on. When you think about it, it’s kind of a good thing that the elders didn’t believe the Bauds when they blurted out that Hector had an inventing studio and a secret library.
Post by A Very Glittery Christmas on May 24, 2023 14:34:06 GMT -5
Chapter 10 It’s kind of cute/funny how Sunny breaks up the fight. Bread and water for every meal is kind of a prison cliche, but there’s a reason behind it.The prisoner becomes too malnourished to try to escape. The mortar-melter(can’t think of what else to call it)has to be the most elaborate Violet invention thus far.
Post by A Very Glittery Christmas on May 30, 2023 9:46:53 GMT -5
Chapter 11 Isadora hiding her and Duncan’s location in the poems is pretty clever. So Sunny can say one and two but not three. How exactly does a cloud of dust compete in a beauty contest? Imagine being one of the townspeople and seeing Sunny tear apart the fountain lol.
Post by A Very Glittery Christmas on Jun 1, 2023 23:41:27 GMT -5
Chapter 12 I wonder how deep the water got inside the fountain. Sunny be referencing Scylla and Charybdis. Isadora writing a couplet about delivering the other couplets is weirdly cute. Now I have the mental image of the Baudelaires and Quagmires running from a giant potato.
Post by A Very Glittery Christmas on Jun 7, 2023 0:04:28 GMT -5
Chapter 13 The self-sustaining mobile home sounds amazing.Too bad the Baudelaires never get to see the view from it. Once again, I question how the Bauds didn’t recognize a disguised Esme when they have such a good track record of recognizing a disguised Olaf. Violet remembering the incident with her hair must’ve served as an interesting distraction from the terror she felt while climbing. If the mobile home isn’t designed to come down, how did it land on the Hotel Denouement’s roof? Sunny walking seems to start the trend of her getting more independent and marks the point where the Bauds start being fully on their own.
Post by Gregor Anwhistle on Jun 9, 2023 15:07:32 GMT -5
Jumping in here with my thoughts on Chapter 3 (I have a new puppy so she's been taking a lot of my time from participating in this re-read discussion).
"Suppose you tell me exactly what happened."
"It's sort of a long story," Violet said.
"Well," Hector said, with a slight smile, "we have sort of a long walk. Why don't you begin at the beginning?"
Something I've come to really appreciate about Hector (especially in this chapter) is that he gives the Baudelaires space to share their full story. They talk about everything: The mansion fire, Olaf, his schemes, their previous guardians, the Quagmires, etc. The whole V.F.D. mystery. As we've seen in the series thus far, adults are quick to dismiss the Baudelaire's worries and burdens. This is the first time where they really get to just unload what they've been carrying for the last 7 books. I especially like how Snicket sums it up:
'And as the Baudelaires told Hector their long story, they began to feel as if the handyman was carrying more than their suitcases. They felt as if he was carrying each word they said, as if each unfortunate event was a burden that Hector was helping them with. The story of their lives was so miserable that I cannot say they felt happy when they were through telling it, but by the time Sunny concluded the whole long story, the Baudelaires felt as if they were carrying much less.'
It's that "as if they were carrying much less" that resonates with me more than it did when I first read this book years ago.
Let's see, other observations for Chap.3...
"A convention of orthodontists" is how I'll refer to a group of them from now on.
I find it hilarious that one of the few books permitted in the town library is The Littlest Elf. That has to be one of the most bland, passive books ever that it completely avoids offending the Council of Elders. I applaud "Monty Kensicle" (wink wink) for such an accomplishment.
"If the moon smiled, she would resemble you. You leave the same impression of something beautiful, but annihilating." -- Sylvia Plath
"One mistake, Gregor, and your entire facility would have to be abandoned. Please, do not become the thing you dread most by adopting the destructive tactic of our most villainous enemies: playing with fire." -- Kit Snicket