In "A Series of Unfortunate Events", a 13-book series by Lemony Snicket, in book three, "The Wide Window", we see the three unfortunate orphans remanded by Mr. Poe to their "aunt" Josephine who lives in a rickety house perched, ready to fall down the cliff at any moment, high atop a ledge overlooking Lake Lachrymose. Her husband, their non-uncle Ike, has recently perished in the lake - not because he went swimming too soon after eating but because of the infamous Lake Lachrymose Leeches. The children find Josephine, who is really the children's second cousin's sister-in-law, frightened of almost everything imaginable, from doorknobs exploding to not turning the stove on because it might catch something on fire. There is nothing "aunt" Josephine is not totally and unreasonably frightened of. The children ask her about her deceased husband Ike.
"Yes," she said, in a faraway voice, "he was my husband, but he was much more than that. He was my best friend, my partner in grammar, and the only person I knew who could whistle with crackers in his mouth."
Later, over cold cucumber soup, 13-year-old Violet asks her if perhaps it might now be better if Aunt Josephine simply sold the rickety house.
"Oh, I could never sell this house!" ... [here the reader, and the children also, one assumes, briefly think the reason is because Ike and Josephine had such happy memories in this house] ... "I am terrified of realtors!"
Ah, well. Do you care to know if the house collapses into the lake? Would you like to learn how the children battle the Lake Lachymose Leeches? As we all used to end our short book reports in junior high school, THEN YOU'LL JUST HAVE TO READ THE BOOK ! Then we would sit down and be happy with our C+ grade.
This series was made into a very VERY compressed movie starring Jim Carey as the terrible Count Olaf. As I recall, the very short part about the house and Aunt Josephine starred Meryl Streep.
The children try to keep their series of unfortunate events in perspective. As Lemony Snicket explains, this means if you have a pimple on your nose, for example, it is still much more inconsequential than getting eaten by a bear.
This series of books will not teach you perspective, since the children are ALWAYS being eaten by some bear or other.