The Wide WindowBook - 1999
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If you are allergic to a thing, it is best not to put that thing in your mouth, particularly if the thing is cats.
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Violet, Klaus and Sunny start living with their new guardian, Aunt Josephine who is afraid of absolutely everything and is obsessed with grammar. Their living conditions are not ideal, everything they eat is cold because Josephine is afraid of turning on the stove. She is especially afraid with the lake because her husband, Ike was killed by leeches.
Count Olaf appears disguised as a owner of a boat rental shop, Captain Sham, and disguises his tattoo with a fake wooden leg.
Soon after Aunt Josephine appears to jump out of a window and leaves a final note that leaves the children in custody of Captain Sham. However, the note is written with a number of grammatical mistakes, which Klaus decodes and they learn that she went hiding in a cave out on the lake. The children steal a boat from the boat renting place and find Aunt Josephine in the cave.
When they find her, they convince her to go back to shore and help put Count Olaf to justice. She reluctantly agrees and as they are paddling back to shore the leeches come and attack them because Aunt Josephine had recently eaten, which attracts the vicious leeches.
The boat is about to sink when they are saved by Count Olaf's boat. Eventually he pushes Aunt Josephine off the boat into the water where the leeches are. They get to the shore and the children try to convince Mr.Poe that Captain Sham is Count Olaf. Mr.Poe doesn't believe them until Sunny decides to bite the leg of Count Olaf, revealing his real leg and the tattoo. Count Olaf and his assistant then take off. Aunt Josephine is presumed dead.
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