By request of my Grandma, here is the first paragraph from the first chapter of the first book of 'Lemony Snicket's A Series Of Unfortunate Events'
"If you are interested in stories with happy endings, you would be better off reading some other book. In this book, not only is there no happy ending, there is no happy beginning and very little happyness in the middle. This is because not very many happy things happened in the lives of the three Baudelaire youngsters. Vialot, Klause and Sunny Baudelaire were intelligent children, and they were charming, and resourceful, and had pleasant facial features, but they were extremely unlucky, and most everything that happened to them was rife with misfortune, misery and despair. I'm sorry to tell you that, but that is how the story goes."
I chose that particular part because it wouldn't spoil any of the story, but, to illustrate something that I was telling Grandma about something Lemony Snicket does, I also want to post the following piece from the third book after one of the characters said "Truth, scmuth"
"If you don't care about something, one way to demonstrate your feelings is to say the word and then repeat the word with the letter S-C-H-M replacing the real first letters. Someone who didn't care about dentists, for instance, could say 'Dentists, schmentists'."
Again, I chose this particular part to demonstrate because it doesn't give away any of the actual details of the story. And, I wouldn't want to give too much zway and spoil it for you, would I?