It is interesting that sometimes you look at your parents and they seem like strangers.
This is the tea and stationary shop. That boy is Lemony Snicket. He is a trained. . . Well . . . I don't know. A secret something. A spy, would you put it? Not really. But maybe. These are his parents. Wait, are they?!
After a note is secretly delivered to Snicket, he excuses himself to the bathroom. He hid a ladder there some time ago in a package that looked like none of your business. He went out the window. His new chaperona, S. Theodora Markson (It is never to be found what her first name is), is waiting for him in a green roadster (car).
They travel in the car to Stain'd By The Sea. It was not by the sea anymore. The townspeople had drained the sea to make octopus inkwells. The seaweed is still somehow standing, waving in the wind, on dry ground. The town is fading. There is ten people left in the town, maybe a few more than that. They go to a hotel called the Lost Arms. It is very old and dusty. The town is deserted. They are miles away from the city.
S. and Snicket go to the Sallis mansion. They were hired to solve a mystery. There was a robbery of a statue called the Bombinating Beast. It looks like a spiky black-ish seahorse with vicious teeth. Wait, when did they get that? Is it really theirs?