It is a curious thing, but as one travels the world getting older and older, it appears that happiness is easier to get used to than despair.
The second time you have a root beer float, for instance, your happiness at sipping the delicious concoction may not be quite as enormous as when you first had a root beer float, and the twelfth time your happiness may be still less enormous, until root beer floats begin to offer you very little happiness at all, because you have become used to the taste of vanilla ice cream and root beer mixed together.
However, the second time you find a thumbtack in your root beer float, your despair is much greater than the first time, when you dismissed the thumbtack as a freak accident rather than part of the scheme of a soda jerk, a phrase which here means „ice cream shop employee who is trying to injure your tongue,“ and by the twelfth time you find a thumbtack, your despair is even greater still, until you can hardly utter the phrase „root beer float“ without bursting into tears.
It is almost as if happiness is an acquired taste, like coconut cordial or ceviche, to which you can eventually become accustomed, but despair is something surprising each time you encounter it.
Lemony Snicket is the pen name of American novelist Daniel Handler (born February 28, 1970).
Handler has published several children’s books under the name, most notably A Series of Unfortunate Events, which has sold over 60 million copies and spawned a 2004 film and TV series from 2017 to 2019.
Lemony Snicket also serves as the fictional narrator of and a character in A Series of Unfortunate Events as well as the main character in its prequel, a four-part book series titled All the Wrong Questions.
Snicket is also featured as a minor character in Cheshire Crossing by Andy Weir.
Snicket is also the subject of a fictional autobiography titled Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography and a pamphlet called 13 Shocking Secrets You’ll Wish You Never Knew About Lemony Snicket (released in promotion of The End).
Other works by Snicket include The Baby in the Manger, The Composer Is Dead, Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can’t Avoid, The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming, The Lump of Coal, and 13 Words.
In the film, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, Lemony Snicket is portrayed by Jude Law, who documents the events of the film on a typewriter from inside a clock tower.
In the video game based on the film, his voice is provided by Tim Curry.
In the Series of Unfortunate Events Netflix series, Snicket is interpreted as a Rod Serling-esque omniscient narrator chronicling the events of the Baudelaire children; he is portrayed by Patrick Warburton.