By Lemony Snicket


Dear Reader,

If you haven't learn something in regards to the Baudelaire orphans, then prior to you learn even yet another sentence, you have to be aware of this: Violet, Klaus, and Sunny are kindhearted and quick-witted, yet their lives, i'm sorry to assert, are packed with undesirable success and distress. all the tales approximately those 3 childrens are unsatisfied and wretched, and this one could be the worst of all of them. in the event you don't have the tummy for a narrative that features a storm, a signalling equipment, hungry leeches, chilly cucumber soup, a terrible villain, and a doll named lovely Penny, then this booklet will most likely fill you with melancholy. i'm going to proceed to list those tragic stories, for that's what I do. You, in spite of the fact that, may still come to a decision for your self no matter if you could almost certainly suffer this depressing story.

With all due respect,

Lemony Snicket

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Violet moved quickly. Hurriedly, she grabbed ahold of a nook of the sail and, taking a deep breath to organize herself, jumped go into reverse to the ground of the boat. simply as she had was hoping, the sail ripped as she hurtled to the floor, slowing her down and leaving her with a wide piece of torn textile. by way of now the sailboat had an excessive amount of water in it, and Violet splashed over to Aunt Josephine, averting the numerous leeches that Klaus was once tossing out of the boat as speedy as he may well. “I want your oar,” Violet acknowledged, wadding the piece of sail up right into a ball, “and your hairnet. ” “You may have the oar,” Aunt Josephine stated, handing it over. “But i would like my hairnet. It retains my bun in position. ” “Give her the hairnet! ” Klaus cried, hopping up on one of many seats as a leech attempted to chunk his knee. “But I’m afraid of having hair in my face,” Aunt Josephine whined, simply as one other pair of thwack! s hit the boat. “I don’t have time to argue with you! ” Violet cried. “I’m attempting to shop each one of our lives! provide me your hairnet right away! ” “The expression,” Aunt Josephine acknowledged, “is saving all of our lives, no longer every one of our lives,” yet Violet had heard adequate. Splashing ahead and heading off a couple of wriggling leeches, the eldest Baudelaire reached ahead and grabbed Aunt Josephine’s hairnet off of her head. She wrapped the crumpled a part of the sail within the hairnet, after which grabbed the fishing pole and hooked up the messy ball of material to the fishhook. It gave the impression of she was once approximately to move fishing for a few type of fish that loved sailboats and hair add-ons for meals. Thwack! Thwack! The sailboat tilted to 1 facet after which to the opposite. The leeches had nearly smashed their means during the part. Violet took the oar and commenced to rub it up and down the part of the boat as quickly and as tough as she might. “What are you doing? ” Klaus requested, catching 3 leeches in a single swoop of his web. “I’m attempting to create friction,” Violet stated. “If I rub items of wooden sufficient, I’ll create friction. Friction creates sparks. while i am getting a spark, I’ll set the material and hairnet on hearth and use it as a sign. ” “You are looking to set a hearth? ” Klaus cried. “But a hearth will suggest extra probability. ” “Not if I wave the fireplace over my head, utilizing the fishing pole,” Violet acknowledged. “I’ll do this, and hit the bucket like a bell, and that are supposed to create adequate of a sign to fetch us a few support. ” She rubbed and rubbed the oar opposed to the facet of the boat, yet no sparks seemed. the unhappy fact used to be that the wooden was once too rainy from storm Herman and from Lake Lachrymose to create adequate friction to begin a hearth. It was once a good suggestion, yet Violet discovered, as she rubbed and rubbed with none end result, that it used to be the inaccurate concept. Thwack! Thwack! Violet appeared round at Aunt Josephine and her terrified siblings and felt wish leak out of her middle as fast as water was once leaking into the boat. “It’s no longer working,” Violet stated miserably, and felt tears collapse her cheeks. She considered the promise she made to her mom and dad, presently ahead of they have been killed, that she might continuously look after her more youthful siblings.

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