The Melancholy of Jane Walker (A Companion t...
melancholy (MEL-unh-kol-ee) a state in which one feels beyond sad, in the gloomiest of spirits
Out of all the words I wish to choose to describe my life, that word is most appropriate. If you are reading this, expecting to read a happy tale about a perfect little girl with a perfect little life, you are reading the wrong story. This book is filled with grief and despair, enough to leave your pillow, blanket, or stamp collection soaked with tears, and leave you wondering why life is so unfair. I feel terrible to inform you that there are only several happy moments between the many awful events that take place in this story.
In this book, you are guaranteed to find many mysterious story elements. There are some you may be familiar with, such as a brilliant chemist, a very important file, a missing bowl from a tea set, an outstanding trainer of bats, and an empty elevator shaft. Still, there are also components you probably do not know of, like a secretive performing and visual arts academy, a young musician, green beryl gems, and a family that was ultimately torn apart due to opposing beliefs. It is obviously better to ignore this grim chronicle and read something more cheerful, like a long-forgotten cheery children's book from the deep depths of your closet.
Dear reader, my name is Jane Walker, and after closing my own investigation of the Baudelaires, I have made the courageous decision to share my own story.
Ladies and gentlemen, this is my series of unfortunate events.