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I didn't realise this was a sad occasion.

Hello :) I'm not great at introductory posts, but I adore everything about the SoUE books (well, of course) and have devoted many happy hours curled up giggling and squealing softly over how packed with literary and historical illusion they are - there really isn't enough fun child/YA fiction which rewards close attention around, man. I'm also gutted that we in the UK have to wait almost two weeks extra to get our hands on The Grim Grotto, for some reason.

Anyway, I wanted to post a snippet which had been nagging away at me for ages, in the hope that the little pool of fellow members could join in the theorising and hopefully not be plunged too deeply into misery and woe.


[about half-way through]

"That's a very sad story," Larry said, and everyone turned to see that their waiter was still standing over them. "I didn't realise this was a sad occasion."

...and of course this is one of the VFD codes, and (I haven't reread the series properly for ages but) I don't think this is ever followed up in the later books, at least not as far as I can remember. It's driving me crazy trying to work out who could have been tailing the Baudelaires and why if not to help them. Or if it's just a well-laid red herring. Thoughts, anyone?


PS - This community really does have the best username and icon ever. Just had to say.
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I'm also gutted that we in the UK have to wait almost two weeks extra to get our hands on The Grim Grotto, for some reason.

That really stinks. :(

"I didn't realise this was a sad occasion."

I don't think it's a red herring, but it is very frustrating. I'm assuming the waiter is the same one who seems desperate to deliver a message to Mr. Poe and/or his sister Elenora (or maybe even the stranger who was recording their conversation). He doesn't seem nearly as insistent with Mr. Poe, Count Olaf, and the children. Also, Olaf was in the V.F.D., but he didn't seem to notice the phrase.

As to who the waiter was... I think that the Baudelaires are being kept track of by many people - people who can't step in to help them at the moment, but are on the Snickety side of the schism.

I think the waiter will play a part, but we don't have much to go on at the moment.

PS - This community really does have the best username and icon ever. Just had to say.

Hee! Thank you. :)
people who can't step in to help them at the moment, but are on the Snickety side of the schism
You're probably right there, even if it's difficult as hell trying to predict what could be revealed about VFD further on. It's dropped in in the third book, way before we learn anything about VFD, and is obviously there to be picked up on re-readings...argh! heh.

And yeah, I was considering asking someone in North America to send me one early, but the slow postage + extra costs for them...hardly worth it.
Actually, if you read in the very, very front Copyright page, it says something along the lines of:

If you recognize yourself in any of the photographs or illustrations in this book, you may find yourself in Very Frightening Danger or embarrassed but there is nothing you can do about it.

Cool, huh?