The children spent many hours looking through the books Justice Strauss had on inheritance law.
Have you found anything in your book yet?
Goodness! What interest in law could you children possibly have?
Oh, we find it very interesting! We want to go into law when we grow up.
Alright.... well perhaps I could get Sunny to come help me in the garden?
Oh, yes! I've always wanted to act on stage.
Of course... I'm curious, Justice Strauss... are you excited to be the Judge in Count Olaf's play?
I haven't found anything in this book that would point to a way Olaf is trying to get our money.
Well, my eyes are tired. I'm going to go help Sunny and Justice Strauss in the garden.
There must be something, I know it can't be true that he's really just trying to welcome us into the family.
A moment later, one of Olaf's 'friends' from the theatre group came barreling in.
You there! Olaf wants you back in the house immediately! What are you reading there.... law books? Hm... I don't think you'll be coming back to this house anytime soon. We don't want you getting any big ideas... now where are the other children?
Why don't you go find them yourself.
Listen here boy, the only reason Count Olaf hasn't ripped you limb from limb is because he hasn't found a way to get his hands on that money of yours. But once he has, I think he'll send you right over to me to be dealt with... so you better start obeying me.
The man stormed away to find the other children, leaving Klaus speechless and shaking. He looked around and decided to quickly tuck one of the smaller law books under his shirt, in hope that it might be the one thing that could save them.