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  • alurker

    Oho! A serendipitous knock at the door!

  • Columbine

    Do I perhaps detect that the ‘scarey Barber woman’ phenotype is not genetic after all but comes with the name? Cos Catherine is doing a good impression of Mama Bear here. (Also those freckles!)

    • Sessine

      Eddie has a grandmother, a mother, two older sisters and a twin, not one of whom could be described as a wimp. Naturally he was going to pick a woman with some backbone — or, as Catherine’s entry in the family tree puts it: tough as nails.

      We’ve seen the steel beneath the surface in Nora and Florrie. We haven’t met Elaine except by reputation, but if she can get away with making both Harriet and Nicola wince, she has to have something in the ‘scary’ department.

      • Tikatu

        When you remember that both the grandmother and the mother have married into the Barber clan as Catherine has, it seems the Barber men go for that “tough as nails” kind of woman.

        • Silly Zealot

          Plot twist: The Barber family is secretly an amazon split tribe bent on convincing the queen of England into subjugating all males in her country.
          Which, of course, is why Grandma Barber made that deal with the demons years before.

    • Del

      This is not her first rodeo with this rowdy bunch.

    • Marek

      Evolution at work, if a Barber does not fit the ‘scarey Barber woman’ phenotype itself, it will tend to gravitate to a partner with the aforementioned family quality. :-P

      • MarriStenberg

        Makes me want to meet Francis de Montfort

  • nana

    Love how the “gentleman” comment was resolved. :) annie looks so cute and proud and harriet – ah priceless!

    • Mariel BF

      Lol poor Harry. That adorable goofy smile in the first panel makes it impossible to deny that kid XDXD

      • Euodiachloris

        The power of cuteness compells you. :)

  • Darkoneko Hellsing

    Popping a bottle open just with your thumb looks so cool *_*

  • Pizkie

    Cat is being awesome and everything, but I just can’t get over how beautiful the backgrounds have been in this chapter. Especially panel two and three here.

  • MrAtn

    Whee !

  • CorvusCornix

    The unbell, or antibell, if you will.

    • Quieteyes

      Hey, don’t knock it!

      Oh….right. I’ll be over here in the corner than, shall I?

  • noct

    I’m loving that tiny blush Harry has in the first panel

    • Pangaea

      Considering that the final vice is Lust, being unattached with a partner may just get her volunteered.

  • In panel three I think the penny just dropped with Sid that if he does manage to marry Ms Harry then these are going to be his inlaws.

    • Sessine

      Maybe… but I think it’s more likely that, like Edmund, he’s reacting to Catherine’s sudden switch to a “don’t you even think of messing with me” tone of voice. To Nicola!


      Eddie’s used to this and only remonstrates mildly, but Sid just realized he’s been joking around with (as Columbine says) a Mama Bear. Woops!

  • William Rice

    Anyone else noticing Harry blushing and biting her lip? And Barbers do not marry weaklings, each generation gains more badassery.

    • Darkoneko Hellsing

      The same blush Sidney had on the previous panel :D

      • William Rice

        Indeed it is.

  • Catherine goes straight to the point and is able to stare Down both Harry and Nicky at the same time… if something is going to threat her family I already feel sorry for whatever it might be! :o

  • Mah.

    Nicola : You’re right, but- the thing is, I really don’t know what the hell is going as well.

  • I love Catherine. Then again, I’ve pretty much loved all the Widdershins characters because Kate does a great job making likeable characters. One of the webcomics I grew up (aka – started reading in High School) with started with a diverse cast of male and female characters, and suddenly lopped all of the men out of the loop (to create a strong, female cast). It works great except that I miss having male perspective in the story. This series does a great job maintaining the balance in the cast while keeping everyone interesting and fun, and I guess I just wanted to take a second to appreciate that. :D

  • Darkoneko Hellsing

    Been meaning to say that for a few pages but..

    I’m not sure if it’s the dress, but Nick really looks older than Harry.

  • rainycity1

    Just saw your question about visiting Emerald City Comicon and I am beside myself with squeeing!

    So, yeah, I think it would be nice…

    • Haha! It’s definitely something I’d love to do, I’d just need to work out the tricky business of flights and shipping books!

  • Sanjay Merchant

    So, rereading these, Annie’s line and expression in the first panel has me imagining some sort of OOTS crossover where Elan is her babysitter. Needless to say, hilarity ensues.

  • Johannes Hjortshøj

    Does anyone else notice that harry is blushing in the first panel?

  • TheCatCameBack

    That face in the first panel…That kid is as cute as a “gosh-darn-button” ^u^

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