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1. Describe how the story of the Baudelaire children is introduced.

It is told that the story is not very happy and very few happy things happen to them. They are talked about as if they are good and smart children but it says that they are very unlucky. The narrator explains that if you want a story with a happy ending then you need to read another book.

2. What is Violet doing while she is standing on the beach in Chapter 1?

She has her hair pulled back. This shows that Violet is thinking about something. She is skipping stones and thinking about a way to have the stones retrieved.

3. What is the children's response in Chapter 1 when they hear that their parents have just died?

The children are quiet for a moment. Mr. Poe tries to explain to them what 'perish' means but the children are quite aware of what the word means. It seems to take a moment for the full impact of what Mr. Poe has said to them to be understood by the Baudelaire children.

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