The Morals of the Story

...a word which here means, "The Series of Unfortunate Events", by Lemony Snicket

December 7, 2022

What follows is an index of my favorite passages, mostly those long enough to be considered essays, from "The Series of Unfortunate Events", by Lemony Snicket.

(more to come here...under construction)

"The Slippery Slope", book the 10th

Chapter 1 - On "The Road Less Traveled"; Fate is like a strange, unpopular restaurant.

Chapter 3 - The story of Cinderella more or less describes the same horrible situation in which you currently find yourself; News Flash: People who are crying already have something to cry about and therefore don't need anything else to cry about, thank you very much;

Chapter 4 - Night is simply a badly lit version of day.

Chapter 5 - "My dear sister, I am taking a great risk in hiding a letter to you in one of my books..."

Chapter 6 - "Is it safe to eat raw toast?"

Chapter 7 - Corridors of Power; The central theme of Anna Karenina

Chapter 8 - People often say things they know full well are ridiculous;

Chapter 10 - The word 'set' has the most definitions; "I'm not a baby";

Chapter 11 - The symbolic meaning of light bulbs and eyes; The last quatrain of the eleventh stanza of 'The Garden of Prosperpine,' by Algernon Charles Swinburne;

Chapter 12 - The subtle difference between "Stockholm Syndrome" and "Mount Fraught Syndrome"

Chapter 13 - "I'm beginning to think that washing my face was a complete waste of time!"; On the crafting of an effective pledge; "A person can't be 'xylophone'!"

"The Penultimate Peril", book the 12th

Chapter 1 - On "La Forza del Destino".

Chapter 8 - On the meaning of the word "denouement"; on whether being "noble enough" is all we can ask for; on whether to forgive those who have not been nearly helpful enough; you were not born yesterday (unless of course I am wrong)

Chapter 11 - On the creation of laws and sausages.

Chapter 13 - On the famous unfathomable question posed by Richard Wright in his best-known novel, "Native Son".

"The End", book the 13th

Chapter 1 - The allegory of the onion, and the need for a moral compass.

Chapter 2 - An utterly useless description of a storm at sea.

Chapter 3 - Harmless homonyms: "The bears bear hard hard yarn yarns."

Chapter 5 - On responding to peer pressure without becoming dead, or otherwise uncomfortable.

Chapter 9 - What is "dark, in the dark, and in the park"?

Chapter 11 - On the questionable moral underpinnings of "The Little Engine That Could".

Chapter 12 - On root beer floats and (or should I say with) thumb tacks.

Chapter 13 - On beginnings, middles and endings ("in medias res"); on coming into and slipping out of this world, "in darkness, with our eyes closed" (without seeing what we are getting ourselves into); how a birth is always good news, regardless of all the bad news the baby will later hear.

-Michael Whatcott