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  • ThisCat

    These two are a seriously sweet and refreshing couple. Like, I’d probably read five books worth of only them running around and being various degrees of badass and lovey-dovey.
    I especially like that last panel.

    • Pizkie

      It’s weird, that last panel struck me as almost ominous, what with the heavy face shadow and the dark background. No idea if it’s intentional or I’m just in angst mode. But otherwise, agreed on all counts. Can these two get a spin-off series?

      • svartalf

        Can I second this?

      • Sanjay Merchant

        To me it looks like this is the moment when he actually falls for her. Up until now he’s been intrigued, amazed, and attracted in various proportions, but that last panel seems like the moment when he starts to realize he doesn’t WANT to manage without her.

        • Pizkie

          I like this interpretation. It’s cute!

        • kuku

          Thanks for putting it so well. The shadows don’t matter to me so much as the look in his eyes (and the tilt of his eyebrows).

      • Kaunisenkeli

        I’m with you, especially with the unanswered question of the text in that panel’s source. We’ve seen that the spirits of the Deadlies can possess people, but did any one of these folks get close enough for something like that? Of course, the text may be commentary from the family as they listen to the story. Still, unanswered questions.

        • Sanjay Merchant

          I thought it was pretty obvious that it was Grandma Izzy in 1834 commenting on the story as Henry is telling it.

      • Shee Soon Theng

        what with the heavy face shadow and the dark background.

        It’s the position of the lantern that’s affecting their shadows. As for the background, I see it as when your vision is dominated by one small light source, such as a campfire, the shadows beyond are naturally all the more darker, compared to if one was approaching the light source from the dark.

        Doug Bradley, who played Pinhead in Hellraiser once gave an interview in which he opined a fascinating theory about just what it is that draws people to the horror genre, which is related to telling scary stories around the campfire. In the warm circle of light, all is safe and well, while the shadows beyond it offer, at least in one’s psyche, the possibility of the stories just maybe being real.

    • That would get boring after a story or two.

  • Darkoneko Hellsing

    ooh, nifty.
    Almost thought it was morse code, but no, different model.

    • LurkerAbove

      The story plays about 1830, and Morsecode was developed about 1844.
      See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morse_code#Development_and_history

      • Darkoneko Hellsing

        Well moreso, Morse is (barring a few) on 4 symbols, not 5.

        • Phlebas

          Indeed. The variable length would mean it needed some kind of length indicator, and none is apparent – the obvious thing would be word boundaries, but they don’t fit at all.

          • JWLM

            I understand the third and fourth symbols (short versus long pause,) but what’s the fifth?

            • JWLM

              Oh, of course — inter-bit, inter-letter, and inter-word.

  • Pizkie

    God, these two are adorable. Kate, you are an amazing writer of interpersonal chemistry – not necessarily in terms of romance, but (when reading about these two), yes, obviously also that.
    Also, I love how the code is just a simple “translate numbers to letters”, only you first have to crack that it’s a base two number system (in set chunks). Very smart.

  • $62497881

    I should probably presume that “Thought Bubble” is some kind of comic convention or something, by I think I prefer to assume that you are spending the weekend in an actual thought bubble instead.

    • l33tninja

      I think it’s a narration box. Since they are actually telling this story to their kiddos.

      • the Amazing Mister Moriarty

        He’s talking about the author’s comment below the actual comic, I believe.

        • $62497881

          And you believe right :)

        • l33tninja

          hahaha I am really an idiot.

      • Actually, Henry is secretly Deadpool. Those are his yellow boxes.

    • Columbine

      ‘S in Leeds. I’m going with my partner and a mate. Usually it’s quite good.

  • kuku

    I love Henry’s mobile eyebrows.

    What kind of code-cracker’s compendium does Isobel have? So much more useful than the etiquette book.

  • Lord Barber is thinking ‘wonder if she can cook?’

  • Monochrome

    Noooooooooo, I am caught up!!!! Good read, btw.

  • JWLM

    I’m loving the totally unladylike pose in Panel five. Izzy, you’re not going to pass as Eliza Doolittle any time soon.

    (Ms. A, did you mean that play on Isabel/Eliza? Please, please tell me you did.)

  • Mister Gray

    is this a real coding method? Like morse but before morse?

    • It’s really a cipher invented by Francis Bacon, yes! Not very morse-like, since the idea is to hide a message within a message rather than just plain code, but i guess the general idea of patterns correlating to letters is similar. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bacon%27s_cipher

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