The world is quiet here.” This may sound curious, like the motto of a secret organization, or something a stranger would say when he picks you up in his taxi and invites you to use your talent to benefit the world. There’ll be losses along the way. We may never triumph, not completely. We may be defeated, at least for a time. But we’ll never disappear. Not so long as there are noble, well-read people to take up the torch.

Jacques Snicket, A Series of Unfortunate Events (2018)