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  • It’s precious how Sid seems to genuinely feel bad about making her feel jealous instead of angry that she’s taking it out on him.

    • Nonesuch

      Sid is genuinely good people. ^_^

    • BaronHaynes

      Which in all likelihood makes her even angrier than if he (rightfully, imo) called her out. But I guess that wouldn’t be Sid, as much as the extra backbone would suit him.

  • Nonesuch

    Wow, Sid….!
    Points for insight, my good man, but your diplomacy needs work. XD

    Annnd now…… it’s gorilla time! More fun than a barrel of monkeys….. ^^;

    • BaronHaynes

      I dunno if he gets points for turning in the assignment this late, honestly :P

      • Nonesuch

        You can at least get one credit for filling your name in properly. ;)

    • El S F

      Nonesuch, are you a chemfizzer or is that a common figure of speech?

      • Nonesuch

        I have no idea what a “chemfizzer” is, but “more fun than a barrel of monkeys” is an accepted figure of speech.

      • John

        The phrase “more fun than a barrel full of monkeys” is pretty common and traces back to the 1840’s (although it was originally a cage of monkeys rather than a barrel).

        OTOH I’ve never heard of a chemfizzer before and was unable to find it on Google, Miriam Webster, or Wikipedia.

        • El S F

          that’s…interesting. concerning?

          it was a long shot. a prof I had (in the “chem/phys” track) said weird stuff like that and I thought she made it all up.

    • Boy, you’re lucky you said that during gorilla time and not during orang-utan time.

  • Heylir

    Sid and Ben both are priceless, each in his own way. :) I don’t think I remember another occasion when Benjamin yells to shut up at anybody. Even with “please”. :)

    • Haven

      I choose to believe panel 4 is everyone reacting in shock to that, rather than to Gula. They’ve all been threatened by bruisers before, but something like that from Ben is unprecedented.

      (Unless we’re both forgetting, anyway.)

      • Emily

        I think you’re right. Ben yells at Mal frequently, but that’s different from taking charge of a situation like this.

        • Ocean Burning.

          I think you both need to re-read “No Rest for the Wicked”. Taking charge of situation is definitely not new for Ben. I think they’re reacting to the loud noise in what has up to now been more or less a stealth situation. I’d have recommended the hand-over-the-mouths technique here, but poor guy, he’s a little short for that.

          • non_canon

            He also does so during Green Eyed Monster when they have to desummon Wrath.

          • Heylir

            And Ben’s taking charge now was quite expectable from the previous page, where he tried to interrupt and “get others back to the plan” politely. It didn’t work, he changed the method.

            Still, the way he chose for that seems somewhat amusing to me. If nothing else, because he shouted in process of silencing others and in a “stealth situation”.

          • Emily

            Yes, you’re right – scratch my previous comment. I suppose the reason this felt different is that this time he’s taking charge of a group that includes his, shall we say, *forceful* older cousin…

            • Ocean Burning.

              Verity ain’t no slouch, but neither is Ben. : )

  • Foehn

    Expecting/hoping that our dude the Butler helps them with their terrible plan to deal with Gluttony. He doesn’t seem to enjoy Gluttony ordering him around or keeping him from eating food, and if he brought it out Gluttony might not be suspicious. It would be a lovely twist if it happened, but he’s probably only going to help them after bringing them to Gluttony and really hitting the “Screw this” point.

    Or he won’t help at all and will continue to be a pawn/hired brawn. Never know with this comic!

    • Nonesuch

      Remember, it used to be his hotel. Then Gluttony turned him into a butler and now….? A whipping-boy.

      • tinwatchman

        Wait, was it? I thought we saw the owner who actually did the summoning getting released back at the end of the Baking arc…

        • R

          The Hotel Gula has had a number of owners over the years. The butler is from Harry’s grandparents’ generation. The owner from the summoning is Harry’s time, though I don’t know if Mr. Cartwright wants to stick around after that experience. We haven’t seen the owner during Alexa’s time.

          • Nonesuch

            Mr. Cartwright probably only managed to get control over the Gula because Mr. Gula/the Gorilla got sucked into Gluttony’s time-trap, which it managed to open thanks to Mr. Cartwright’s faulty/hacked summons.

            • Haven

              I love this theory as a fan of both paradoxes and schadenfraude. Seriously, how exasperating must that be for Gula?

              “So he was able to steal my hotel…because Gluttony kidnapped me…which it was able to do because he stole my hotel…”

    • SleepingDragon

      I expect him to help too, if not immediately than after literally just one more humiliation.

  • Ghostdanser

    So…in the last panel I am looking at the Butler’s straining vest, and all I can think of is Monty Python…

    “And finally, monsieur, a wafer-thin mint.”

    • Rachel McGonagill

      “No. F@ck off — I’m full.”

  • Darkoneko Hellsing

    Gorilla “just give me the damn thing”

  • #092f0a

    Quick! Distract him with a glass of pickled eggs!

    • Tsapki

      HISSSSSS! -backs away-

    • I actually tried pickled eggs, once. My friends thought I was insane, but they’re actually quite good.

  • MoeLane

    “Annnnnnnd roll for initiative, everybody.”

    • Euodiachloris

      I think they’re all flat-footed on this one. :P

  • Euodiachloris

    “I meant ‘gorilla’ in a flattering way: you clearly work out.” ;P

  • Isn’t it a bit unprogressive to call people ‘gorillas’? It is very disrespectful to gorillas.

    • Tsapki

      Indeed. The proper term is Ape! At this rate we’ll be calling dogs foxes and canaries raptors!

      • Just don’t mention the ‘m’ word…

        • AJ


          • Nonesuch mentioned it once, but I think they got away with it.

            • Nonesuch

              It’s the word you shouldn’t say around Terry Pratchett’s Librarian. ;)

      • robert袋蟻食skitch

        I’d go with ‘primate’ myself. ^_^

        • What, he’s an Anglican Archbishop? :-)

          • Ghostdanser

            It might explain a lot.

  • Tikatu

    Yep, Sid hit a nerve there.

    Ben, if the “gorilla” heard anyone, it was likely you screaming at your cousin and Sid.

  • blargul

    Well, he’s not wrong…

  • Tsapki

    Come ooooon, squeaky falsetto voice…

  • Nonesuch

    I love how Ben reacts when Sid calls Verity out on her jealousy. I get the impression that he’s seen what happens when someone does that before. :D

    • non_canon

      It’s even better when you have his reaction side by side with Wolfe’s. Wolfe’s expression screams “oh crap” while Ben is just exasperated.

  • Maria Gerasimova

    It’s interesting: Wrath and Envy are desummoned, but namely these both emotions are present here and are causing trouble in this case.

    • Heylir

      Well, it is “a type of warfare in which there is allowed no rest or furlough”, as Seneca says. :) It is very satisfying to be able to hit Envy with a sandbag, no doubt, but it doesn’t mean that (feeling of) envy can’t win over you inside your soul.

      I think I want to say that this plot arc about the Deadly Sins (and, more generally, the entire concept of magic run on human emotions) are very appealing to me. :) And to thank Kate for that, of course.

  • Emily

    Eek! And Ben’s, like, a third of the gorilla’s size…

  • Sir. Orc

    I like how even Wolfe is stunned at Sid’s suicidal lack of tact in the second panel.

  • Cooper

    Sick ’em Wolfe.

  • threadweaver

    *Unfortunate trombone noises*

  • Heylir

    Now I suddenly recall how annoyed was Verity at Wolfe’s talk with Sidney about his feelings to Harry:

    Besides the given there reason of her reaction, maybe, she did hear what they were gossiping about and didn’t approve the subject.

  • This guy

    It took Sid this long to figure it out?