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1. Why is the meaning of "nervous" and "anxious" important to the reader's understanding of the novel?

The importance of "nervous" and "anxious" to the understanding of the novel is that the Baudelaire orphans are anxious about the whereabouts of their friends, the Quagmires. The Baudelaire orphans have a lot of anxiety about their new guardians too. This anxiety quickly erodes their hope for having a better guardians and it is important for the reader to understand the mindset of the orphans at the onset of the novel.

2. How does the atmosphere on Dark Avenue mirror the orphans' feelings in Chapter 1?

The atmosphere of Dark Avenue is one of gloom and darkness. The orphans' lives have been plunged into a gloomy dark place literally and symbolically. The address, 667 Dark Avenue, is a play on the number 666, which many consider to be an evil number. So the effect of gloom and darkness continues to mirror the hopelessness of the Baudelaire orphans.

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