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  • Me-me

    Tut, tut, Isabelle.
    “Guideline of Etiquette #34: Yank people by their shoulder, not their elbow.”

    • Darth Fez

      Good thing that Isa wasn’t reading “The Seventy Maxims of Maximally Effective Mercenaries”. #34: If you’re leaving scorch-marks, you need a bigger gun.

      • Jordan Hiller

        Rule #83: If there’s any sign of the enemy left after firing your weapons other than craters and blood stains, you need a bigger gun.

        • JWLM

          Rule #87: You need a bigger gun.

          • ShadeTail

            Rule #88: Why are you still reading this, you poser?

            • Ooorah

              So is it “The Increasingly Inaccurately-Named Seventy Maxims” then?

              • Alétheia

                Nah, just subtitled “Hey, we never said Mercs count good” [sic]

              • ShadeTail

                Blame Douglass Adams. He started the trend, with his five-book-length “trilogy”.

    • #87: Never drink anything stronger than gin before breakfast

      • Stinemite

        No, no, no! Its never drink anything weaker than gin before breakfast.!

        • S.K. Ren

          Drink Gin before breakfast.

          • yomi

            Never drink anything but gin.

            • maeverin

              Never drink gin, have some madeira m’dear.

              • MoeLane

                It’s ever so much nicer than beer.

      • What drink, stronger than gin, would you ever want to drink without dilution anyways? What, do you guzzle Everclear neat?

  • Darth Fez

    Oh, Henry, you’re the James Bond of Widdershins.

    You weren’t planning on doing anything else today, anyway, correct?

  • BorateBomber

    Gardening nerd, she’s got one up on who that book is written for. I think she’s pretty cool already.

  • Darkoneko Hellsing

    Yay, we’re back !

  • Well, I suppose that was marginally more romantic than Harry and Sid’s first meeting. At least she didn’t have to threaten him with a gun.

    • Jordan Hiller

      I suppose it depends on what turns you on. In Sid’s case, it appears that it’s women who can kick his ass.

      • For Henry Barber, I suspect it is ‘female and with a pulse’.

        • kuku

          Oh, there are particular reasons for Henry to be attracted to Isabelle – like him, she investigates things and isn’t afraid to get dirty or speak her mind, and her sense of humor is stronger than her “restraint and decorum”. And they both have great smiles. I ship them hard.

          • Apvogt

            I think it’s hilarious that people are shipping them, even though we know for a fact that they get married later. The redundancy is strong here.

            • kuku

              If you’d prefer “I’m delighted that they’re going to end up together and I can see why they’re a great match,” consider it said.

            • Columbine

              I dunno, it’s wanting to watch a romance unfold knowing it has a happy ending. A lot of stories start making it clear the ending will be happy.

        • Jordan Hiller

          Being a statuesque stunner/sexy librarian type might also help.

        • Valerie Kaplan

          Later evidence would suggest female is not a requirement, if I’m reading it right.

  • kuku

    Maybe she just wanted the etiquette so she could move in circles of people who might read her paper, since that is where her true passion lies?

    She doesn’t strike me as someone who would have ignored all someone’s efforts to speak to her about her paper – so was Lust lying about that? (It is “the Liar’s Heart” he wants to get back, anyhow.)

    Henry looks happy too – what a great couple!

    • DavidArgall

      While it seems a weak point, women are the weird sex, and there can be only a small difference between saying something that causes her to refuse to speak a word to you and saying something that causes her to not stop even to draw breath. Of course it doesn’t help that men often have trouble realizing there is a difference between “when I look into you eyes, time stands still” and “your face would stop a clock.” So Lust could have written most anything just a little wrong and got things off on the wrong foot.

      She also might have some hint that Lust is not a good one to get involved with.

      • kuku

        “Women are the weird sex”??? Um, I’m not going to debate that any further than to say I completely take issue with both the sentiment and the phrasing.

        • Agreed! I don’t really appreciate having half of the population of the planet generalised like that, especially in such a cliche, 60s sitcom fashion.

  • ThisCat

    Aww, she’s so cute.

  • Euodiachloris

    The way to a girl’s heart is… through her research. xD

    • Silly Zealot

      Her research on the aforementioned heart, of course.

    • I thought it was up through the ribcage

      • Jourell

        it’s easier to go under the breastbone (paraphrasing leela from dr who)

        • That’s basically what I just said.

  • Ooorah

    Wouldn’t the kettle be boiled dry by this time?

    • Nonesuch

      Clearly you are unfamiliar with the perfect sense of tea-timing developed by the British. ;)

    • =Tamar

      A proper kettle is cast iron, holds at least a gallon, and stays gently simmering all day so it’s just a moment to bring it to a full rolling boil.

      • Ooorah

        Fair enough.

  • Amanda Wehrman

    I love how he doesn’t seem to mind being yanked about by his arm. He’s like “Beautiful women can lead me anywhere!” *wink, wink, nudge, nudge*

    • MoeLane

      Girls who tell you things are interesting.

      • qixlqatl

        *More* interesting ;D

  • Somebody once said something along the lines of “etiquette is for people who don’t have manners”

    I forget who said it, and I can’t google it because I can’t remember the exact words they said

    • Corsenna

      Are you thinking of the line “Etiquette is for people who have no breeding; fashion is for those who have no taste,” from Chiswell Langhorne? (I did not have this off the top of my head, I took a guess on a quotes site.)

      • No, but I like that one better.

      • WaytoomanyUIDs

        Hmm interesting. My sources say it was Queen Marie of Romania. It sounds more like the sort of think a grand-daughter of Queen Victoria would say, rather than an American railway baron (even one from the Deep South).

        I even found a newspaper cutting, back from when Google were digitising old newspapers, before they got bored of it or realised they’d massively underestimated the size of the poject.,5429042&hl=en

        • Corsenna

          Certainly possible. My source was, no immediately-obvious citation on said page.

          • WaytoomanyUIDs

            It’s quite possible it got attributed to Queen Marie in the same way all sorts of things get attributed to Oscar Wilde, Twain and Churchill, just because it sounds like the sort of thing they’d say

  • Columbine

    I really like Isabelle, her breadth of interests, her enthusiasm, how expressive her face and body language are. She’s very well realised.

  • Johannes Hjortshøj

    Suddenly the front page for this chapter makes so much sense

  • Disloyal Subject

    Yes, I do believe I like her.

  • Tamsk

    “June 3rd”? My calendar appears to be wrong.

    • Fixed. Stressful weekend, what can I say!

  • Sonja

    What about that chaperone now?

  • Who needs etiquette when there’s tea?

  • Tokki Pen

    I love how she’s taller than him <3

  • QueenBol

    That last panel. His face. This is where the love starts.

  • Sarah W

    Aaaand it took me till this page to realize she’s future “Grandma”.

    I am an idiot.

  • I do admit to being rather partial to how tall she is.
    A shame tall women on average favour even taller men.

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