Chapter 7 It just struck me how chill Fernald is while in disguise, whereas when Baldy and the pale ladies are in disguised they keep the personas they usually have. Ersatz is such a cool word.I think this might be the only book I’ve ever seen it in. The part about the passageway being darker than nights with no moon is really poetic.I love it. Chapter 8 I think the ersatz welding torches are my favourite of Violet’s inventions simply because of the buildup. To be fair, babies also shouldn’t be at a lumber mill or in the middle of leech-infested waters.
Chapter 9 Shame how much work Violet put into her invention only to not be able to use it. There’s actually a glimmer of hope of the Bauds are climbing back toward the penthouse.Shame it doesn’t last long. Chapter 10 Question for those in the UK:Is it true that the UK cover spoils the twist of Esme throwing the kids down the elevator shaft? The first time I read this book, I was totally fooled into thinking that Esme would at least attempt to be of some help here. I love how two of the pages are completely black to convey the horror the Bauds felt. I just want to say I love how hammy Esme is in this chapter. It was Odysseus who went between Scylla and Charybdis, not Hercules. Oh well, Sunny going to lose her teeth soon enough anyway.
Chapter 6 If Arizona is an independent country in this universe, I wonder how many other states are.
I always assumed that the line was meant to show how clueless Esme was-- that the king of Arizona was either a con man she believed, or someone with some sort of official job in Arizona, but who Esme thought was a king.
Legislation in snicketland seems to be on a town-by-town level (Paltryville has its own constitution, burning at the stake is legal in VFD, and why the High Court based in the city is (theoretically) able to sentence Olaf. (Incidentally, where are the other courts? The High Court implies the existence of another court, which ought to have heard the Hotel Denoument trial before passing it up to the High Court. The High Court itself seems to serve as an investigative committee)
"The world, no matter how monstrously it may be threatened, has never been known to succumb entirely." - The End
Post by Tiran O'Saurus on Apr 6, 2023 6:13:53 GMT -5
In real life, the US Supreme Court handles trials for crimes committed by ambassadors and other people with diplomatic immunity. Perhaps Olaf decided that, as a Count, he could only be tried before the High Court. Two thirds would agree with him, after all.
Notes on the last three chapters: I have so many questions about the tunnel.Why is there a tunnel between the penthouse and the Baudelaire mansion and why is it never so much as referenced again? Giving an award to just the door of a building seems a bit random. I kind of like the name Jerry, but Jerome doesn’t strike me as a Jerry. So would you eat chocolate ballet slippers after wearing them, keep wearing them until they melt, or just eat them?