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  • John

    Well we didn’t think Nicola’s arrangement to keep Harry out of this were going to work, and now Nicola’s out of the fight and O’Malley is just going to have to deal with Harry.

    • svartalf

      And he’s going to have to come to grips with just what he is and what he could BECOME- he *HAS* to.

  • kuku

    I’m with Harry. Nicola, go save Henry now! Harry is super-competent and probably no more tactless than you are when it comes to working with others. And we can’t lose Henry like this.

    • And Harry has backup – no matter whar Nicola might think of him {not that i can call to mind any specific instances of her high-hatting him}, he is actually a talented and capable magician.

      He sometimes puts me in mind of Schmendrick.

      • AJ

        He’s not as incomprehensibly stupid as Schmendrick. Nor as vain. (Stupidity brought on by vanity?)

        • We must be talking about two different Schmendricks.

          • AJ

            … Possibly. Or possibly I got a very different read on Schmendrick. Lost Unicorn?
            I guess I wouldn’t say that Schmendrick is uneducated. He just seems clueless about people. And why things are important.

            • Schmendrick is a man-child who grows up in the course of the book.

              He is always good-hearted.

              • AJ

                Clearly I need to read it again. Last time I went through it, I felt rather repulsed by Schmendrick. But these things do change based on the reader’s context.

  • Sapphire altera

    Nicola is always more aggressive about getting people to do what she says, but when push comes to shove, Harry calls the shots. (We’ve seen this before: )

  • Ganurath

    Wrath is in the air, thick and cloying and choking out what little politeness could be found in the face of such pain.

  • Eric

    At first I was wondering if bringing him all the way to Nova Scotia in his condition was a good idea. TIL: there’s more than one Halifax.

    • McRocky71

      According to Wikipedia, there are at least 10 towns named Halifax on Earth. One each in England, Canada and Australia, and the other seven are spread throughout the eastern United States.

      • Euodiachloris

        Yeah. Guess where the rest got the name, though. Go on, guess. :P

        • John

          The percentage of “New World” place names that were named directly after “Old World” places (like Paris, Texas and London, Ontario) is pretty high even before you include variations like New York.

          • disqus_ealSxkOnJn

            This is only tangentially related, but I learned about a town called Versailles in the US South- pronounced “Verr-Sails”. I still think that’s the funniest thing I’ve ever heard.

            • reynard61

              We have one of those here in Hoosierland:


            • rainycity1

              There is a whole list of place names like that. ;-)

            • JWLM

              For what it’s worth, Indiana is in no sense the a part of the US South.

              Now, Cairo, Illinois — the first syllable is pronounced “Kay”, like the letter or the name, not “Kie’, like the word “Pie” — that is part of the American South.

            • Tikatu

              Ye gads! Now I know where my son’s 5th grade teacher got the pronunciation! He kept telling her it was “Vehr-siy” and she kept correcting him! Sheesh!

    • AJ

      I assumed Halifax was a street. We don’t say it where I’m from, but I’ve heard it said, “He lived in Crumpet Street,” or suchlike. Which I guess makes as much sense as “He lived ON Crumpet Street.”

  • Khelden Iituem

    But what if they get lost in Morley, or abducted by bandits in Gomersal? To say nothing of the dread reaches of Hipperholme. One does not simply ride from Widdershins to Halifax!

    • Euodiachloris

      There’s worse than Morley. There’s the A649 itself… probably still called “the Halifax Road”, here. It eats time and spits out road rage. :P Has done for ages, too. <_<

      • It’s not shaped like an enormous Satanic sigil, is it?

        • Euodiachloris

          Sigils of misfortune (or enterprising, sauntering demons) could take lessons… :P Mind you, could be worse. Could be the old Hull Road (M62 and M63) — particularly around Hessle. ;P

        • John

          Is this a reference to something? Because it seems familiar, but I can’t quite place it. Maybe the Laundry series?

          • Good Omens!

            • John

              Thanks, I knew I had read about the Satanic roads somewhere. Good Omens makes much more sense (the Laundry series is more H. P. Lovecraft rather than a traditional Satanic referent).

              • Sanjay Merchant

                Huh, I knew there was a reason the roads in New England are so screwy.

            • Thought so.

    • Sorry, but in these troubled times I really haven’t got time to worry about bad things happening to a bunch of Gomersal bandits.

  • Winger

    Now it’s personal! More personal! Have to admit it was already pretty personal!

    (Also because I daresay we are running out of pages to wildly conspire on, a fun note for anyone suspecting Mal’s freakout was due to the location: the building is outfitted with internal doors that have external locks and barred windows. This is either wonderfully irrelevant or HORRIFYING.)

    • disqus_ealSxkOnJn

      Oh cripes I missed that- yeah, it looks like there are definitely cells down there. The feck were you doing Acedia?

      • reynard61

        It’s either a prison or an insane asylum (not that there was a lot of difference between the two back then), so there’s probably a lot of chaotic/wrathful energy to draw on for whatever she plans to do. (And I would imagine that it’s an emotional maelstrom that would batter poor Mal to his wit’s end.)

        P.S. Hello from Blackgrass!

        • I’m pretty sure people didn’t buy tickets to poke the criminals with sticks, so there’s at least one difference.

          • Alétheia

            Naaaah, they didn’t, but trials could be a circus (I mean, even more than they are sometimes now :P ), and there were sometimes rather public humiliations brought about on those suspected of crimes (moral or legal) if the courts didn’t try them and/or if they got out of prison, and executions were… er… public spectacles, still.

        • Phlebas

          …which brings us back to the question of Mal’s having been here before.

        • Winger

          I have to admit the theory’s growing on me like a really sad fungus. It’s one thing to vaguely know he’s had poor experiences that left him flighty and defensive; entirely another to think those experiences might be…well. “Poor” becomes a bit of an understatement.

          Sure as heck would suck the humour out of Mal’s long-ago claim that asking around for help is just as likely to see people locking him up and poking him with sticks.

  • Nethead Jay

    She mad, indeed. Harry’s face in that last frame is straight-up awesome. And 3rd frame is damn good too.

  • Jesse Goerzen

    I didn’t realize there was a Halifax outside of Canada.

    • Euodiachloris

      Comes in bank, too. You might want to Google the original town, too. :)

    • Sanjay Merchant

      What means of conveyance do you use to go from one Halifax to another?

      A ‘fax machine.

      • JWLM

        A fax machine of good intentions.

        • Sanjay Merchant

          A short ride in a fax machine.

  • Would that be Dr McGuffin by any chance?

  • When facing a potential end-of-the-world scenario, everyone should do what they do best. As a hunter, Harry likely has more direct weirdness experience than Nicola so Harry taking point while Nicola saves the civilians makes sense. Nicola may not like this, but she’s logical so she ought to accept it. Now, about that less-than-fully-cooperative witch . . .

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