"No," Violet replied, "we haven't dropped anything." Violet was the
oldest Baudelaire, and usually she was not shy at all. Violet liked to invent
things, and one could often find her thinking hard about her latest invention,
with her hair tied up in a ribbon to keep it out of her eyes. When her
inventions were done, she liked to show them to people she knew, who were
usually very impressed with her skill. Right now, as she looked down at the
mossy bricks, she thought of a machine she could build that could keep moss from
growing on the sidewalk, but she felt too nervous to talk about it. What if none
of the teachers, children, or administrative staff were interested in her
As if he were reading her thoughts, Klaus put a hand on Violet's shoulder,
and she smiled at him. Klaus had known for all twelve of his years that his
older sister found a hand on her shoulder comforting as long as the hand was
attached to an arm, of course. Normally Klaus would have said something
comforting as well, but he was feeling as shy as his sister. Most of the time,
Klaus could be found doing what he liked to do best, which was reading.
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