History Literature / AllTheWrongQuestions

28th Apr '16 6:52:02 PM TVRulezAgain
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* ScrewThisImOutOfHere: [[spoiler:Lemony quits V.F.D. (although not permanently if the ''ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' proper is anything to go by)]] in ''Why is This Night Different from All Other Nights?''.

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* ScrewThisImOutOfHere: [[spoiler:Lemony quits V.F.D. (although not permanently if the ''ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' proper is anything to go by)]] in ''Why is This Night Different from All Other Nights?''.
29th Mar '16 9:47:04 PM Boba_Fett88
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* [[spoiler:SequelHook]]: [[spoiler:Lemony quits V.F.D. and sets out on his own with the statue to take care of some unfinished business.]]

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* [[spoiler:SequelHook]]: SequelHook: [[spoiler:Lemony quits V.F.D. and sets out on his own with the statue to take care of some unfinished business.]]



* [[spoiler:SummoningArtifact]]: [[spoiler:The statue of the Bombinating Beast turns out to be this. You blow into it to summon the Bombinating Beast itself, which apparently does your bidding.]]

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* [[spoiler:SummoningArtifact]]: SummoningArtifact: [[spoiler:The statue of the Bombinating Beast turns out to be this. You blow into it to summon the Bombinating Beast itself, which apparently does your bidding.]]
16th Feb '16 10:57:43 AM CesarAurelio
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** Ditto for Hangfire.

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** Ditto for Hangfire. [[spoiler: subverted at the end, when it turns out Hangfire's face was actually quite familar, since he was Ellington's father who's picture she carried everywhere.
* FilleFatale: For every HardboiledDetective there's a FemmeFatale, for Lemony's KidDetective there's Ellington Feint. Misterious? Check, moraly ambiguous? Check, uses her beauty and charms to fool the hero who foolishly tries to redeem her? check check and check.
16th Feb '16 10:47:51 AM CesarAurelio
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* CatchPhrase: Several times each book, a character will make a question and another will respon "That's the wrong question"
16th Feb '16 10:44:59 AM CesarAurelio
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* TitleDrop: Subverted, several characters in each book ask the question in the title, but it's alwas described as "Then (character) asked the question that appears in the cover of this book", so it's never actually printed in the story.
** In the last book, Lemony asks Stew Mitchum the title of the third bool (that being explicitly printed), to which Stew answers [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall "That's an old question"]].
29th Jan '16 5:32:40 AM Smoko
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* BadBoss: Lemony is apprenticed to S. Theodora Markson, who yells for Lemony to do things her way but it becomes clear that he's the smarter. [[spoiler:Lemony hints at the end that he secretly arranged to have a terrible chaperone for his plan in the city.]]
* BatmanGambit: [[spoiler:Ellington Feint secretly steals the statue from Lemony and replaces it with a bag of Black Cat brand coffee. Lemony then visits the abandoned Black Cat and there finds the statue hidden in the attic for him.]]
* BigBad: [[spoiler:Hangfire, a mysterious man who wants the statue of the Bombinating Beast and is holding Ellington Feint's father for ransom.]]

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* BadBoss: Lemony is apprenticed to S. Theodora Markson, who yells for Lemony to do things her way but it becomes clear that he's the smarter. [[spoiler:Lemony hints at the end confirms that he secretly arranged to have a terrible chaperone for his plan in the city.]]
* BatmanGambit: [[spoiler:Ellington Feint secretly steals Lemony is ''good'' at these. He has an instinctual grasp of people and what they are going to do, especially when it comes to Ellington Feint, such as when he uses tiny clues in her dialogue and behaviour to work out that she has hidden the statue from Lemony and replaces it with a bag of in Black Cat brand coffee. Lemony then visits the abandoned Black Cat and there finds the statue hidden in the attic for him.]]
Coffee.
* BigBad: [[spoiler:Hangfire, Hangfire, a mysterious man who wants the statue of the Bombinating Beast and is holding Ellington Feint's father for ransom.]]



* TheButlerDidIt: [[spoiler:is the first sentence of the last chapter. It turns out the villain was pretending to be Mrs. Sallis's butler.]]

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* TheButlerDidIt: [[spoiler:is Subverted. He's the first sentence of the last chapter. It turns out the villain was pretending to be Mrs. Sallis's butler.]]mastermind, but he's not really a butler and he didn't do it personally, as Lemony points out.



** Graffiti at the Wade Academy mentions Olaf--fitting, as it's a school for the sons of earls and counts.

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** Graffiti at the Wade Academy mentions Olaf--fitting, as it's a school for the sons of earls and counts. At the end of the last book it's confirmed that Olaf is a member of VFD at this point.



** Beatrice is indirectly mentioned, though you'd have to know the companion stories quite well to recognize it (he talks of "a friend catching her first bat"). In the same paragraph, Snicket references an event he also vaguely alludes to in ''The Slippery Slope''--Jacques encountering a swarm of wasps.
* ChekhovsGun: The Sallis butler is heard imitating the calls of birds as he feeds them. [[spoiler:As Hangfire, he uses this skill to mimic people's voices.]]

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** Beatrice is indirectly mentioned, though you'd have to know the companion stories quite well to recognize it (he talks of "a friend catching her first bat"). In the same paragraph, Snicket references an event he also vaguely alludes to in ''The Slippery Slope''--Jacques encountering a swarm of wasps.
wasps. She is mentioned by name in the last book.
* ChekhovsGun: ChekhovsGun:
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The Sallis butler is heard imitating the calls of birds as he feeds them. [[spoiler:As Hangfire, he uses this skill to mimic people's voices.]]]]
** Much of Hangfire's behavior involves animals or plants of some sort. [[spoiler: It's hardly surprising he turns out to be a naturalist]].



* [[spoiler:{{Cliffhanger}}: At the last minute the statue is stolen, and the hunt for Hangfire continues. In addition, Lemony has to get back to the city so he can resume work with his sister.]]



* CreepyChild: [[spoiler: Stew]], of all children, reveals himself to be this in the second book. He has a friend who's good with a knife...

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* CreepyChild: [[spoiler: Stew]], of all children, reveals himself to be this in the second book. He has a friend who's good with a knife...Graduates to full blown crazy in the last book, [[spoiler: where he kills Qwerty and frightens his parents into covering it up.]]



* DisappearedDad: Ellington Feint's father, [[spoiler:who has been kidnapped by Hangfire and held for ransom in exchange for the statue.]]

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* DisappearedDad: DisappearedDad:
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Ellington Feint's father, [[spoiler:who who has been kidnapped by Hangfire and held for ransom in exchange for the statue.]]statue. [[spoiler: It's revealed in the final book that he is actually Hangfire himself, but this trope still seems to apply somewhat, as he has apparently all but abandoned Ellington for much of the series]].
** Pip and Squeak's dad is the local taxi driver, and the boys drive for him with the reasoning that he's sick. In the third book, they appear exhausted and very malnourished, suggesting that there's a lot more than that going on. [[spoiler: In the last book, Snicket implies that he abandoned them, or perhaps is dead]].



* DudeWheresMyReward: [[spoiler:Rather than thank them for saving her life, Sally Murphy yells at Lemony and Moxie for asking about who tried to drown her.]]

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* DudeWheresMyReward: [[spoiler:Rather Rather than thank them for saving her life, Sally Murphy yells at Lemony and Moxie for asking about who tried to drown her.]]



* ExactWords: Lemony promised to help Ellington, and her father. [[spoiler: He views feeding him to the Bombinating Beast as doing just that]].



* TheGhost:
** The Bombinating Beast is only referred to but never seen in life. It's not clear if it's dead or myth [[spoiler:but if it's the Great Unknown, then it's most certainly neither.]]
*** A creature that is almost certainly ''a'' Bombinating Beast appears in ''Shouldn't You Be In School?'', but a cryptic remark by Ellington suggests it may not be the ''same'' Beast that is being hunted for by Hangfire.
** [[spoiler:Hangfire. He only appears once disguised as a quickly ignored butler, then lurks in wait for others to get him the statue.]]
*** He does show up in person in ''When Did You See Her Last?'' but we never see his face.



* GreyandGreyMorality: In true Snicket fashion, the last book reveals that the series' morality to have been this. Stain'd-By-The-Sea might well have deserved their fate to dwindle and die, since in their desperate and selfish attempts to save themselves they destroyed another town and who knows how much of the environment. [[spoiler: And Snicket himself veers sharply towards the edge when he feeds Hangfire towards the Bombinating Beast, ''right in front of his daughter'']].



* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: [[spoiler:Ellington Feint.]]
* HeroOfAnotherStory: [[spoiler:Kit Snicket.]]

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* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: [[spoiler:Ellington Feint.]]
Ellington Feint. [[spoiler: Revealed in the end to have been firmly on the bad side all along, as her father is Hangfire]].
* HeroOfAnotherStory: [[spoiler:Kit Kit Snicket.]]



* HouseHusband: Mr. Mallahan, while Mrs. Mallahan is off in the city working for their newspaper.

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* HouseHusband: Mr. Mallahan, while Mrs. Mallahan is off in the city working for their newspaper. [[spoiler: The last book implies that they divorced]].



* MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter: [[spoiler: Ellington]] is revealed to be this.



* MissingMom: Moxie's, but she's alive. She works for the newspaper in the city, and Moxie hopes to soon join her.

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* MissingMom: Moxie's, but she's alive. She works for the newspaper in the city, and Moxie hopes to soon join her. [[spoiler: The last book confirms that Moxie's mother has essentially abandoned her and will never return, despite Moxie's beliefs]].



* ParentalAbandonment: Lemony's "parents" at the beginning of the book were just pretending to be his. He mentions several times that his real parents can't help, and ''Literature/LemonySnicketTheUnauthorizedAutobiography'' implied that they're dead.

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* ParentalAbandonment: Lemony's "parents" at the beginning of the book were just pretending to be his. He mentions several times that his real parents can't help, and ''Literature/LemonySnicketTheUnauthorizedAutobiography'' implied help.
** In the last book, it's confirmed
that they're dead.[[spoiler: Moxie's mother did abandon her]].



* SecretSecretKeeper: It's implied in the last book that Lemony realized a long time ago that [[spoiler: Ellington was Hangfire's daughter]].



* ToBeLawfulOrGood: "Is it more beastly to be a murderer or to let one go free?" [[spoiler: Lemony chooses to feed Hangfire to the Bombinating Beast, and regards it as the only way to help him]].



* VoiceChangeling: [[spoiler:Hangfire. Many times he uses this ability of his to fool the heroes. [[ParanoiaFuel And we only ever hear him]]...]]

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* VoiceChangeling: [[spoiler:Hangfire.Hangfire. Many times he uses this ability of his to fool the heroes. [[ParanoiaFuel And we only ever hear him]]...]]



* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler:Hangfire does this to the fake Mrs. Sallis, though Lemony and Moxie save her. She strangely still seems to be loyal to him afterwards]].

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* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness:
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[[spoiler:Hangfire does this to the fake Mrs. Sallis, though Lemony and Moxie save her. She strangely still seems to be loyal to him afterwards]].afterwards]].
** Lemony fears for a long time that this will be the fate of Ellington.
19th Oct '15 9:48:20 PM Hubbin
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* SequelHook: [[spoiler:Lemony quits V.F.D. and sets out on his own to take care of some unfinished business.]]

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* SequelHook: [[spoiler:SequelHook]]: [[spoiler:Lemony quits V.F.D. and sets out on his own with the statue to take care of some unfinished business.]]


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* [[spoiler:SummoningArtifact]]: [[spoiler:The statue of the Bombinating Beast turns out to be this. You blow into it to summon the Bombinating Beast itself, which apparently does your bidding.]]
19th Oct '15 9:15:11 PM Hubbin
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* ScrewThisImOutOfHere: [[spoiler:Lemony quits V.F.D. (although not permanently if the ''ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' proper is anything to go by)]] in ''Why is This Night Different from All Other Nights?''.
* SequelHook: [[spoiler:Lemony quits V.F.D. and sets out on his own to take care of some unfinished business.]]


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** ''Why is This Night Different from All Other Nights?'' gives us two. [[spoiler:Hangfire didn't really kidnap Ellington's father... he IS her father.]] Also, [[spoiler:Kit has been a prisoner on the train the entire book.]]
4th Oct '15 12:03:33 AM rainbowstalin
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* MythologyGag: In the fourth book, Lemony makes a guess that he'll probably grow out of saying 'A word which here means-'.
3rd Oct '15 10:49:54 PM rainbowstalin
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''All The Wrong Questions'' is a four-part prequel series to ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents''. It is written by Creator/DanielHandler, once again writing as Lemony Snicket. The series concerns him as a thirteen year-old boy, hinted to be working with VFD in a series of mysterious cases. The first book, ''"Who Could That Be at This Hour?"'' was released on October 23, 2012. The second book, "''When Did You See Her Last?"'' followed on October 15, 2013. A companion book, ''File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents'' -- a collection of short mystery stories -- was released April 1, 2014. The third book, ''"Shouldn't You Be in School?"'' was released on September 30, 2014. The final book, ''"Why Is This Night Different from All Other Nights?"'' will be released on September 29th, 2015.

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''All The Wrong Questions'' is a four-part prequel series to ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents''. It is written by Creator/DanielHandler, once again writing as Lemony Snicket. The series concerns him as a thirteen year-old boy, hinted to be working with VFD in a series of mysterious cases. The first book, ''"Who Could That Be at This Hour?"'' was released on October 23, 2012. The second book, "''When Did You See Her Last?"'' followed on October 15, 2013. A companion book, ''File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents'' -- a collection of short mystery stories -- was released April 1, 2014. The third book, ''"Shouldn't You Be in School?"'' was released on September 30, 2014. The final book, ''"Why Is This Night Different from All Other Nights?"'' will be was released on September 29th, 2015.
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