I’ve noticed a few times where Sunny will say a gibberish word that actually means something funny. “Armani” when she produced a few dozen neckties. “Akrofil” (“acrophile”) when talking about not being afraid of heights. But for every one reference that I get, there are two dozen that I don’t get. So, does every one of Sunny’s gibberish words mean something, or is Mr. Handler only throwing in a few to keep me guessing?
Also, I know I’ve heard the words “Duncan and Isadora” in the same breath somewhere before. Perhaps characters in an opera? I’ve also heard “Bass and Remora” and “Jerome and Esmé” in the same breath, IIRC. Where do these come from?
Any others I’m missing? Please indicate what book the reference is from, and use a spoiler box.
The first time I caught onto Sunny’s words-but-not-really-words was when the orphans were discussing how to heal…something… (Hostile Hospital?) and Sunny came out with “echinacea!” which Mr. Snicket kindly transcribed as “Or well-regarded herbal remedies!”
I just got done listening to the “Grim Grotto” on audiotape. On the other (regular books) I remember there being a little snippet at the end saying something like at the book one :
[spoiler]To My Kind Editor;
I am writing to you from the London branch of the Herpetological Society, where I am trying to find out what happened to the reptile collection of Dr. Montgomery Montgomery following the tragic events that occurred while the Baudelaire orphans were in his care.
An associate of mine will place a small waterproof box in the phone booth of the Elektra Hotel at 11 P.M. next Tuesday. Please retrieve it before Midnight to avoid it falling into the wrong hands. In the box you will find my description of these terrible events, entitled THE REPTILE ROOM, as well as a map of Lousy Lane, a copy of the film Zombies in the Snow., and Dr. Montgomery’s recipe for coconut cream cake. I have also managed to track down one of the few photographs of Dr. Lucafont, In order to help Mr. Helquist with his illustrations.
Remember, you are my last hope that the tales of the Baudelaire orphans can finally be told to the general public.
With all due respect,
Was there something like that at the end of book the eleventh?