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The Penultimate Peril

A Series of Unfortunate Events
Book the Twelfth: The Penultimate Peril (2005)
by Lemony Snicket


  • Richard Wright, an American novelist of the realist school, asks a famous unfathomable question in his best-known novel, Native Son. "Who knows when some slight shock," he asks, "disturbing the delicate balance between social order and thirsty aspiration, shall send the skyscrapers in our cities toppling?"
    • -Lemony Snicket (351-352)
  • Lemony Snicket: (narrating) But the three siblings were not born yesterday. Violet was born more than fifteen years before this particular Wednesday, and Klaus was born approximately two years after that, and even Sunny, who had just passed out of babyhood, was not born yesterday. Neither were you, unless of course I am wrong, in which case welcome to the world, little baby, and congratulations on learning to read so early in life.”
  • "Burn down hotel!" Sunny said.
  • "Never mind what you were doing," Olaf said. "You're fired!"
    "You can't fire me!" Esme growled. "I quit!"
    "Well, you can leave by mutual agreement," Olaf grumbled and then with another succinct "Ha!" he lifted the harpoon gun and pointed it at Dewey Denouement.
  • "I'll have ten grams of rice," Mrs. Bass interrupted, "one tenth of a hectogram of shrimp vindaloo, a dekagram of chana aloo masala, one thousand centigrams of tandori salmon, four samosas with surface area of nineteen cubic centimeters, five deciliters of mango lassi, and a sada rava dosai that's exactly nineteen centimeters long."-page 134.

"The last safe place is safe no more." - Sunny

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