I've just finished the last of the Lemony Snicket Series of Unfortunate Events books.
I'll jot down a few quotes to make you smile.
Book the Thirteenth, dedication
For Beatrice --
I cherished, you perished,
The world's been nightmarished.
Chapter Fourteen, dedication
For Beatrice --
We are like boats passing in the night --
Chapter Fourteen, epigraph
O Mort, vieux capitaine, il est temps! levons l'ancre!
Ce pays nous ennuie, o Mort! Appareillons!
Si le ciel et la mer sont noirs comme de l'encre,
Nos coeurs que tu connais sont remplis de rayons!
Chapter Fourteen, translation of epigraph
O Death, my captain, it is time! let us raise the anchor!
This country wearies us, O Death! Let us make ready!
If sea and sky are both as black as ink,
You know our hearts are full of sunshine.
By the way, the epigraph is from "The Journey" by Charles Baudelaire.
Okay, and one more from the middle of the book. To give it context, the Baudelaire orphans are in one of their usual very dangerous situations, and they are reading a book as fast as possible to find a way out of it. Because of the urgency:
... the siblings had to skim, scanning each page for the words [they were looking for]. As you know, if you've ever skimmed a book, you end up getting a strange view of the story, with just glimpses here and there of what is going on, and some authors insert confusing sentences in the middle of a book just to confuse anyone who might be skimming. Three very short men were carrying a large, flat piece of wood, painted to look like a living room. As the Baudelaire orphans searched for the secret they hoped they would find, they caught glimpses of other secrets....
I had to stop for about 10 seconds to laugh here, because it turns out I was reading so fast to get to the end of The End that I was skimming a bit, and the three very short men did confuse me.