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  • Darkoneko Hellsing

    That changing scene is just hilarous XD

    • Sanjay Merchant

      She really is the epitome of grace, isn’t she?

      • Darth Fez

        As Bachman-Turner Overdrive would say, “You ain’t seen nothing yet.”

      • Darkoneko Hellsing

        I’m envious of her dexterity.

        • Sapphire altera

          Envious?! Be careful — Invidia surely followed Henry here and is lurking nearby.

          • kuku

            Oh dang – I’d managed to forget about her.

  • Jeff Eppenbach

    Remember, remove the spectacles first…

  • Darth Fez

    Nice digs, Isa!

    “River-y.” Ha! And yeah, I expect Henry likes any plan that involves hoisting someone by their own petard. Ten pipes says Luxuria has a very large petard.

    • How many here know what a “petard” is?

      And you’re not “hoist by your own petard”, you’re “hoist on your own petard”…

      • DaveP.

        If you know what a petard is, you’ll see that “by” makes more sense than “on”. Though the Shakespearean usage seems to be “with”.

        • Yep.

        • svartalf

          The term of phrase allegedly was allegedly coined by Shakespeare- so “with” is the original term as best as one can ascertain. By’s not the word the Bard used, but it matches in intended use (which I’ll get to here in a moment…). On’s a modernization (though not as good as “by” is) that stems from a poor modernization of the other good alternate turn of the phrase using “upon”.

          “By” implies being harmed by your own machinations as does “with” and “upon”- which is what is implied and pretty much stated by the phrase. “On” means you’re literally being lifted harshly by the same- which ends in the same place, but doesn’t carry as clear a meaning.

          By/With/Upon makes more sense here than on does.

      • Sanjay Merchant

        Annoying thing is, I DID know at one point, but have since forgotten.

        • Rocjawcypher

          It’s a small explosive.

          • DaveP.

            Not so small. It’s basically the Renaissance equivalent of a breaching charge:10-30+ pounds of black powder, plus the bonus “Unreliable Fuse” quirk. The guy who drew the short straw would run the thing over to a door or wall that needed to be cracked and try to get away before the fuse ran out. Sometimes this didn’t work, and the onlookers would be entertained by the sight of Mister Short Straw getting his first and last flying lesson. Thus, “hoist with one’s own petard” . If you ever watch a fairly cheesy movie called “Flesh + Blood”, you can see the idea in action (plus Rutger Hauer being Rutger Hauer, which is always nice).
            “Petard” is French for “Fart”, BTW.

            • I believe it was most (or very) often used in mining operations – from the “original meaning of “mine” – an excavation – the sappers would tunnel to the foundations of the fortification under assault, place the petard, roll out a long fuse, crawl out and light.

              The term “mine” for a buried (or submerged) explosive derives from “mining” fortifications.

              Possibly the most spectacular mining operation was the Crater, in the War Between the States.

            • Columbine

              Did you just know that or are you reading ‘Rivers of London’ as well?

              • I just read that too! The first one, anyway, enjoyed it a lot. It was like Dresden Files, but with a more likeable main character.

                • Columbine

                  Heh yeah, a more likeable main character and more amusing tangents. I’ve read all but the most recent one and enjoyed them a lot. I think I stopped reading the Dresden Files after the dinosaur. The way they kept uping the stakes and power level of the protagonist put me off a little bit, although narratively speaking I understand why it happened.

                  • I’ve enjoyed Dresden well enough throughout, mostly because the audiobooks are very well-read (by Spike from Buffy, no less!) and they’re very easy to digest popcorn books, but yeah, he gets stupidly-powerful and that doesn’t really stop :| I’ll be getting the second Rivers book when I get my next Audible credit!

                    • Xanthipe

                      The whole series is very good (finished Foxglove Summer and some of the assorted shorts in May), and I love how Leslie and Bev develop as time goes on ^_^

                      Also Ben Aaronovitch does a good panel – we got “The Learning of Magic” at Discworld Con last year with Diane Duane as his co-panelist.

                    • axioanarchist

                      I admit, the power-level thing doesn’t bug me at all, nor do I really understand why it bothers some people, but to each their own heh. Dresden is to this day my favorite book series that isn’t written by Brandon Sanderson. (Though Cinder Spires may usurp that position when it comes out… I love me some steampunk.)

                      Still, if the comparison is solid, I’ll definitely have to look into this Rivers series sometime soon when I have cash to spare.

                • MoeLane

                  Good book, huh? I’ll stick it on my to-buy list, then.

                  • MoeLane

                    ‘Rivers of London,’ by the way, is called ‘Midnight Riot’ in the United States. I assume that there’s a reason, although there always doesn’t have to be.

                    • Yeah, the US cover and name make it look like a Steven Seagal movie, shame since the UK one is really nice

                    • Columbine

                      There was also a mild white-washing scandal over the US cover. They used a black model but then blacked out his face and hands. For some reason. Personally I tend to prefer novel covers without people’s photos (or people) on the front. I just think they look better.

                    • Illustrative covers tend to sit better with me too, but I’m obviously a little biased there! And yeah, I saw the whitewashing thing, what a mess! Publishing pro-tip: Never do that :|

      • Bieeanda

        I learned it from playing D&D when I was younger. I don’t think my English teacher was particularly impressed.

        • svartalf

          I wouldn’t see why… It’s the Bard that coined the term in one of his plays. It’s the Medieval equivalent of modern shaped charges and was a blindingly dangerous thing to be deploying- one could get their first and last flying lesson if their door breaching charge, petard, went off too early.

    • Jake Forris

      The Widdershins comments section: The only place to get a reason to google “petard”.

  • I like her caravan.

    Doe she have a Gypsy/Romany background, as i suspected when we first met her?

    • Roma, on her mother’s side, it’ll be clear enough soon.

      • Well, that would be an “inappropriate background” for society…

      • svartalf

        Something tells me there’s a lot to be clear soon… Keep doing the great work, Kate.

      • J_JamesM

        Oh, I would have guessed Irish Traveller.

        • Nah, though that’s what Mal’s accent is.

  • Bieeanda

    Her expression in the last frame says to me, ‘Thank God this thing has wheels’.

    • William Rice

      ‘Now I just need some sucker to pull it’

      • Jordan Hiller

        *Eyes Henry* Sucker found.

      • Silly Zealot

        What does a baby’s toy have to do with… Oh, you mean THAT kind of sucker!

    • Apvogt

      It’s a good “Nothing to do here” expression.

  • ThisCat

    Ah, I’m really loving their interactions.

  • Nightsbridge

    Seems she HAS heard of him.

    • rhapsha

      Or she’s wondering why Henry thinks she knows a Mr. Lust. I’d be a bit surprised by that question myself.

      • DavidArgall

        No, she has definitely heard of Luxuria, and would much prefer not to hear any more.That expression is not much removed from terror.

        On a only-slightly related point, changing clothes behind a screen when a door was easily placed between her and strange man? That can be called very bold.

        • Mujaki

          Easier to make conversation through a screen, than a door.

          • Tikatu

            Better ventilation, too.

        • Phlebas

          I don’t know about bold – she still seems a bit oblivious in her enthusiasm to talk to someone about her research. She’s still resigned to never getting to try out her etiquette on a gentleman caller, after all. Or is the etiquette research purely for getting in with the Wizardly establishment?

          • awhorl

            What gentleman caller? This visitor cares about her research, not her (to be recalled later, perhaps, with a sigh).

            • Phlebas

              He certainly seems like a gentleman – didn’t even try to peek!

              • MoeLane

                Henry looks old enough to have learned the Great Secret in the Matter of Women.

            • We know very well that THAT changes.

  • If people complain the vardo is an anachronism you can always call it a shepherd’s hut.

    • MoeLane

      Nah. It’s a prototype.

      …Look, somebody had to go live in the first one.

  • Wyvern

    I like how her first priority when she has a gentleman caller is to change into a nice dress. :)

    • kuku

      Or at least a dress of which it can’t be said “Wow, that’s a smell.”

  • I think her wagon looks nice, I just wonder about the library capacity . . . might need a cargo trailer to have enough room!

    • Columbine

      She might do what one of my friends in London does: get a stock of books on a subject she wants to know about, read, sell and move on to the next subject. (I suspect that caravan’s about the size of my friend’s flat)

  • Ava

    Early for a vardo, perhaps, but there’s evidence of wagon-homes, at least for wealthy folks on travel, from the middle ages, including inventories of the contents and furnishings.

  • l33tninja

    oh I think she’s heard of him…

  • Euodiachloris

    From a quick change of clothes to a swift change of scene, methinks. :P

  • Columbine

    I completely forgot about this update! Oops! Love the caravan and the plant pots.

  • Shee Soon Theng

    I find what she says in the second panel interesting, especially since one of her listeners is Sidney, who happens to be three out of four years university trained. I half expect him to comment, “Wow, they wouldn’t accept you because of your background? Things sure have changed, at least in that direction…”

  • Silly Zealot

    I actually wonder why Henry and Isabel never told anyone how they first met before.
    Oh, wait…

    “So I ask’d ‘er if she knew Mr. Luxuria, which made ‘er all blush’d like, and then…”

  • LazyReader

    Those are some white socks for a gardener

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