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A Series of Unfortunate Events #13: The End

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Chapter One

October 1928 "I still donand#8217;t understand why we had to come to France," Nate grumbled as he dragged his rucksack on the ground behind him. Not liking the bumpy ride, his pet gremlin, Greasle, scampered up the packand#8217;s buckles and straps to Nateand#8217;s shoulder. "We came to France because our lives canand#8217;t stand still while we wait for news of Obediah Fludd to surface," Aunt Phil explained. "We still have a job to do, Nate. And today, being a beastologist brings us to France." She stopped walking and Nate bumped into her. "Sorry," he mumbled, embarrassed. Aunt Phil reached out a hand to steady him. "We have scouts everywhere, keeping an eye out for Obediah. If heand#8217;s spotted, weand#8217;ll know soon enough. Now, pull yourself together. Weand#8217;ve work to do." Cornelius, Aunt Philand#8217;s talking dodo, sniffed. "If the boy were a true Fludd, he wouldnand#8217;t snivel so much." As Nate glared at him, Greasle piped up. "Seems to me there was a certain dodo doing an awful lot of sniveling this morning. Something about nots wanting to be left home alone." Cornelius raised his beak into the air and fluffed his feathers. "I wasnand#8217;t sniveling. I was being cautious. Iand#8217;d already been attacked once, you know." "You werenand#8217;t attacked!" Greasle scoffed. "A door accidentally falled on you." "Enough!" Aunt Phil said. "He started it," the gremlin muttered. Nate let himself fall a few paces behind and lowered his voice. "Bickering with Cornelius is not going to help convince Aunt Phil to let me keep you," he pointed out. Greasleand#8217;s shoulders drooped. "I know. But I canand#8217;t stand it when that overstuffed pigeon beand#8217;s mean to you." "Are you two planning on joining us anytime soon?" Cornelius drawled. Nate looked up to see that the dodo and Aunt Phil had reached the farmhouse, and he hurried to catch up. A flock of chickens had stopped scratching in the dirt to stare curiously at Cornelius. Nate sent the dodo a sly look. "Relatives of yours, Cornelius?" The dodo clacked his beak in annoyance. "Donand#8217;t worry about him," Greasle told the chickens. "Heand#8217;s just a big fat chicken who canand#8217;t even lay eggs." Just as Aunt Phil whirled around to give everyone another scolding, the farmhouse door burst open. A short, round man tumbled out into the yard. He wore a black cap and smelled of garlic and sausage. "Dr. Fludd! I had nearly despaired of your arrival!" "Iand#8217;m sorry, Monsieur Poupon. We came as soon as we got your message. It does take an hour or two to cross the channeland#8212;even in an airplane. Now, whatand#8217;s all this about a guivre infestation?" "Le dragon showed up in my well two days ago and wonand#8217;t budge." "One guivre can hardly be considered an infestation," Aunt Phil pointed out. "Besides, you are having an unseasonably warm autumn. Perhaps this one just needs to cool off for a bitand#8212;" "Non! He may not cool off in my well. Le guivre, he carries disease, the plague! All my family, my animals, will become sick if you do not remove him at once." "Nonsense." Aunt Phil bristled. "That is merely an old rumor started in the Middle Ages. It has long been proven false. Guivres carry no diseases." The farmerand#8217;s face grew red and he clenched his fists. "Are you saying you wonand#8217;t remove him?" "No. I am simply pointing out that you have nothing to fear but inconvenience. Come along, Nate. Letand#8217;s go see to the guivre. Weand#8217;ll let you know when weand#8217;ve finished, Monsieur Poupon." With that, Aunt Phil headed back down the walkway. "I donand#8217;t want that poor guivre around him any longer than necessary," she muttered to herself. She was so annoyed with the farmer that she marched right past the path leading to the well. Not wanting this to take any longer than it had to, Nate stopped and called her back. "I think this is the way," he said, pointing to a low wall of thick gray stone. "Now, that is clever," Cornelius drawled. "Finding a well in plain sight. I take back everything I ever said about your lack of Fludd skills." "If you canand#8217;t say something helpful, then donand#8217;t say anything at all," Aunt Phil told the dodo. To Nate, she said, "Thank you." When they came to a stop in front of the well, Greasle whispered in Nateand#8217;s ear, "Whatand#8217;s a guivre, anyway?" "I donand#8217;t know," he said. "But weand#8217;re about to find out. Now, be quiet so I can pay attention." He didnand#8217;t want to miss a thing. Aunt Phil might quiz him on it later. Or it could turn out to be a matter of life and death. One never knew with her. She set her pack on the ground, then leaned over the well. "Hello?" she called out, her voice echoing down into the dark depths. In answer, a great gushing stream of water shot out of the well. Aunt Phil leaped back, avoiding the hosing. Unfortunately, Nate didnand#8217;t. The jet of water cascaded down on his head. "Sorry about that," Aunt Phil said as he wiped the water from his eyes. "I should have warned you." Nate wrung the water from his coat, glad they were having a warm autumn. On his shoulder, Greasle gave a quick shake, flinging the water from her oily skin. Aunt Phil turned back to the well. "Thank you, dear, but I didnand#8217;t need any water today," she called down. "I actually wanted to have a little chat with you. Do you have a moment?" The splashing stopped, then slowly, something big and slithery began to rise up out of the welland#8217;s depths.

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s wilson, January 25, 2013 (view all comments by s wilson)
This series is the best thing since sliced bread! Ive read it 2 times!!!!
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ruizc, July 14, 2007 (view all comments by ruizc)
A real bumer to know it was the end of a great series. I would have rated a "5" if Lemony Snicket had not left me hanging with several unanswered questions!!!!
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mattiece, February 10, 2007 (view all comments by mattiece)
After I read this book I was more than a little irritated at Lemony SNicket for not answering all of my questions. But as I think about it, I enjoy researching and I think that if we look hard enough there is still more to be found in the series. I for one am waiting for "Horseradish: bitter truths you can't avoid" to say weather or not I am angry with Snicket. The one question that seems less and less likly to be answered is What is in the Sugarbowl.

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please do, do, do visit my home page and snicket fan site at www.xanga.com/rememberJS
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780064410168
Author:
Snicket, Lemony
Publisher:
HarperCollins
Illustrator:
Kupperman, Michael
Illustrator:
Helquist, Brett
Author:
La Fevers, R. L.
Author:
Handler, Daniel
Author:
Murphy, Kelly
Author:
by Lemony Snicket and Brett Helquist
Author:
Kupperman, Michael
Author:
Helquist, Brett
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Family - Siblings
Subject:
Brothers and sisters
Subject:
Family - Orphans & Foster Homes
Subject:
Children s All Ages - Fiction - General
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Subject:
Islands
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Children s-Adventure Stories
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
A Series of Unfortunate Events
Series Volume:
4
Publication Date:
October 13, 2006
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 5
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Black-and-white illustrations
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
7.75 x 5.25 in 1.00 lb
Age Level:
10-14

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Product details 368 pages HarperCollins Publishers - English 9780064410168 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

All good things must come to an end

"Review A Day" by , "Fans by now know what to expect, and Snicket (the nom de plume of Daniel Handler) features more devilry by Count Olaf, lots of vocabulary lessons, and helpful translations of the dialogue of Sunny, the youngest Baudelaire....Thankfully, The End proves a more satisfying read than the pointless harpoonings of The Penultimate Peril." (read the entire CSM review)
"Review" by , "The series' ending is sad. And definitely unfortunate: The End leaves some loose ends....It does, however, provide a bittersweet ending, one that readers won't expect."
"Review" by , "The mysteries pulled us in, but what makes the series irresistible is Snicket's dark humor....Readers won't want to miss Olaf's last ridiculous disguise, and the secrets embedded in this last safe place from the treachery of the world."
"Review" by , "The End may not reach the comic highs of, say, The Austere Academy (wherein the infant Sunny, unable to form sentences, was forced to work as an administrative assistant). But it's more suspenseful than the other books..."
"Review" by , "[A] treasure trove of literary allusions...clever word play, sly humor and snarky asides. But the snarkiness began to grow wearisome by The Ersatz Elevator...Snicket has not really tied up the tale in a satisfying way."
"Synopsis" by , All things must come to an end. Thankfully, this includes A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. The 13th and final installment in the groundbreaking series will answer readers' most burning questions: Will Count Olaf prevail? Will the Baudelaires survive? Will the series end happily? And if there's nothing out there, what was that noise?
"Synopsis" by ,
Is there no rest for the travel worn and weary? Not if youand#8217;re Nathaniel Fludd, the worldand#8217;s youngest beastologist-in-training! All Nate really wants is to track down his missing parents, but when a unicorn falls mysteriously ill, Nateand#8217;s Aunt Phil makes it clear where a beastologistand#8217;s duty lies: to the beasts.and#160;

And if taking care of the worldand#8217;s beasts isnand#8217;t difficult enough, Nate and Aunt Phil must also keep them safe from the villainous Obediah Fludd, who intends to do them harm. With all this taking up every last bit of his energy and time, will Nate ever find the parents he is so absolutely convinced are alive?

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