Series of Unfortunate Events

"One type of book that practically no one likes to read is a book about the law.

"Books about the law are notorious for being very long, very dull, and very difficult to read.

"This is one reason many lawyers make heaps of money. The money is an incentive - to read long, dull, and difficult books."

In such whimsical prose did Lemony Snickett (Daniel Handler's pen name) write in A Series of Unfortunate Events, of the task facing his characters as they frantically invade a law library trying to seek a legal remedy against their mad uncle.