Count Olaf is too grown up


“Violet tried to picture Count Olaf as a youngster, but couldn’t. His shiny eyes, bony hands, and shadowy smile all seemed to be things only adults possess.”

While reading through Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events with my son, Ben, we ran across this phrase. Why do you think Violet thought only adults have “shadowy smiles”? I asked Ben. His answer was profound and more wise than most would expect from a child: “Maybe because adults try to trick kids.”

What a sad but true comment. If only we had more pure smiles among those who grow older… then we would have more light-hearted smiles than shadowy ones.


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