the Miserable Mill


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Mr Poe delivers the three Baudelaire orphans, Violet, Klaus and little Sunny, to their new guardian, the owner of the Lucky Smells Lumbermill in Paltryville. But far from living in the mill, they rapidly discover they will be working there and even worse, there is a book in the library by a Dr Orwell, sinisterly shaped like Count Olaf's eye tattoo. Each morning Foreman Flacutono wakes the workers by banging metal pots together and directs them through a day of arduous logscraping, with only chewing gum for lunch and damp casserole for dinner. Their guardian, a terrifying man with a cloud of smoke where his head should be, known only as 'Sir', proposes unsatisfactorily that if they work in his mill, he'll 'try' to keep Count Olaf away. Klaus trips over Foreman Flacutono's strategically placed foot and his glasses get broken. He returns from the village eye doctor, none other than Dr Orwell, strangely changed. Violet believes Klaus has been hypnotised, and when they discover Dr Orwell's receptionist, Shirley, is really Count Olaf dressed horribly, her worst fears are confirmed. Dr Orwell herself becomes the victim of the nasty accident at the lumbermill she, Foreman Flacutono and Shirley have arranged. Sir decides to pack the children off to their next dismal adventure at The Austere Academy. Overall, I really liked the book and would recommend! I can't wait to read the next book in the series.

Storyboard Text

  • They are on their way to their new guardian. Little do they know they have a lot ahead of them...
  • I hope this guadian is a good one. Hopefully Count Olaf won't do anything to this one like he did the others...
  • These are the Baudelaire orphans: Violet(15), Klaus(13), and Sunny(2). They used to have amazing parents before they died in a tragic housefire. Since the incident, they've had no luck with a permanent guardian. THe reason being Count Olaf, a man who is trying to adopt the orphans just for the large fortune the orphans are supposed to recieve when they're of age.
  • Come on Klaus. I'll take you to the eye doctor.
  • You tripped him on purpose! Now he can't see because his glasses broke!
  • Klaus came back from the eye doctor with a wide-eyed dazed expression. The only thing he would respond with to commands was, "Yes sir", whether you were boy or a girl!
  • Yes sir...
  • Go ahead and get some sleep Klaus. You'll feel better in the morning."
  • We didn't do anything of the sort!
  • Where am I?...
  • You hypnotized Klaus!
  • There must be something in this book about hypnosis...
  • They're getting away!! Stop them! Call the authorities!
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