- Lemony Snicket: Was anything stolen?
- Muriel Distinguished: Just one sword, which we had displayed in the window.
On a Saturday, Muriel calls the police after finding her store, Swords, vandalized. A window was smashed with a brick, and a sword on display was stolen. The Big Bad Brick Gang left a note claiming responsibility for the crime, saying that nobody will ever figure out what makes them choose a place to strike, and that the police can call them the BBBG for short if they want.
Lemony Snicket asks Muriel if there are other stores with rhyming names- as the previous vandalized store was called Boards- and she responds that down the street was Cords, across the square was Gourds- and she gives him the information, though the Officers Mitchum doubt he has an actual lead.