In The Wide Window the children are dropped off at Damocles Dock at the shore of Lake Lachrymose by Mr. Poe. They soon meet their new guardian Aunt Josephine, who seems afraid of everything including the stove, resulting in only cold meals for our unfortunate heros.
Still mourning the death of the nice Uncle Morty whom the children lived with for a few short weeks - the happiest days they experienced since the terrible fire that destroyed both of their parents and the beautiful house they resided in - Violet, Klaus, and Sunny are doing their best to adjust to living with their constantly scared and gramar loving Aunt Josephine.
Of course, it doesn't take long for Olaf to reappear in another of his horrific disguises... And unlike Aunt Josephine, the children see right through it.
Once again, the resourceful orphans use their unique talents in a fruitless attempt to escape from terrible tragedy. Is there a gleam of hope for the orphans and their new friends? Most certainly not. The only thing we can really count on are more gloriously gloomy adventures in the fourth book - The Miserable Mill.
Note from Lemony Snicket:
If you have not read anything about the Beaudelaire orphans, then before you read even one more sentence, you should know this: Violet, Klaus, and Sunny are kindhearted and quick-witted, but their lives, I am sorry to say, are filled with bad luck and misery. All of the stories about these three children are unhappy and wretched, and the one you are holding may be the worst of them all.
If you haven't got the stomach for a story that includes a hurricane, a signaling device, hungry leeches, cold cucumber soup, a horrible villain, and a doll named Pretty Penny, then this book will probably fill you with despair.
I will continue to record these tragic tales, for that is what I do. You, however, should decide for yourself whether you can possibly endure this miserable story.
With all due respect,
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