1. What does Mr. Poe tell the children in chapter one as they are walking up to the door?
He is trying to tell them how to behave. He is telling Klaus not to ask too many questions and asking Violet what happened to the ribbon she wore in her hair. Mr. Poe is also telling the children to make sure Sunny doesn't bite Mr. Montgomery.
2. In chapter one how is the life of the Baudelaire children summarized up to the point where they are driving to their new home with the unknown relative?
The children have had their parents die in a fire. Despite the fact that this is bad there are many other things that are going to happen to the children that will be just as bad or worse. They have been forced to live with Count Olaf who is a horrid greedy man that only wanted the Baudelaire family money.
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