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  • Shelby

    Nora looks so serious in the last panel.

    • pseudonym

      >:| SERIOUS FACE

  • I don’t much care for nuts in brownies at all.

    And i especially wouldn’t particularly want pistachios…

    Walnuts, thanks.

    • Chris W.

      I prefer my brownies without any nuts at all.

      Although I’ve never tried them with pistachios, so that might be good. I can’t recall whether I’ve ever had pistachios.

      • I normally dislike nuts in brownies, but for pistachios, I make an exception.

        • Anne-US

          Any favorite recipes? I came looking to see if one was linked.

  • Sanjay Merchant

    Is brownie really that new a term that she wouldn’t have heard it? I figure she might not understand “pistachio” because as of 1834 they weren’t terribly well-known in England, but I’m a little surprised she doesn’t appear to know what a brownie is.

    (Yes, I realize that she doesn’t say what part of it she doesn’t understand, but I can’t find anything else in that sentence that could confuse her.)

    Also, you go girl, assert yourself over something at long last!

    • Sally

      You got me curious too, so I had a look at wikipedia- apparently brownies were a US invention around the end of the 19th century.

      • Sanjay Merchant

        … OK, why did I not think to check Wikipedia. The Wiktionary, Google, but not Wikipedia? :-P

        Also, it must sound really weird from her perspective: “The words of a girl how hasn’t had my chocolate vaguely Italian-sounding wood nymphs before!”

        (Yes, I know pistachios aren’t Italian in origin. I just think that if I didn’t know what the word meant, I’d probably guess it was Italian.)

      • Sanjay Merchant

        OK, until it’s proven otherwise, I’m assuming that, once she escapes, Nora moves to America and spends the rest of her life trying to recreate the wonderful treats that the kind lady from the future gave her, ultimately succeeding in inventing the brownie sometime in the late 19th century.

        • Sally

          Nora the brownie inventor would be amazing. And, um, interestingly paradoxical. Or as the Doctor would put it; wibbly wobbly, timey wimey…

          • Sanjay Merchant

            If you have a story that involves time travel, setting up (or possibly destroying) a stable time loop is second only to trying to kill Hitler in the Grand Hierarchy of Things All Time Travelers Must Do.

            • Me-me

              You mean, Grand Hierachy of Things All Non-Time-Travellers Want To Do But Never End Up Doing.

              I don’t think I’ve seen a single proper time travel story that involved killing Hitler, it’s just what everyone SAYS you should do if you ever got it in real life.

              Stable time-loops are a crapshoot though I suppose.

              • Sanjay Merchant

                Just out of curiosity what qualifies as a “proper time travel story”? Because I’m pretty sure it’s part of the premise of the Command & Conquer: Red Alert. Plus Farnsworth did it in that one Futurama episode. When he had to go back again, he missed and got Eleanor Roosevelt by mistake. :-P

                And yes, the Grand Hierarchy, like almost any set of laws, is more of a theoretical ideal than a description of reality.

                • Me-me

                  Farnsworth tried, I suppose, but as you say, missed.

                  But I haven’t seen C&C:RA so I can’t comment. Limits of empiricism, innit.

                  • Sanjay Merchant

                    Eh, even in Red Alert it’s more the setup than the actual plot. Basically someone in the latter half of the 20th century invents a time machine, goes back and successfully kills Hitler before the Nazis come to power, and as a result, instead of the WWII history records, there’s a big slugfest between the US and the USSR. With some inexplicably advanced tech thrown in.

                    • Pirate_Prince_Navarion

                      That “someone in the latter half of the 20th century” is Albert Einstein in 1946.;-)

                    • Sanjay Merchant

                      I thought it was, but couldn’t remember for sure. I also thought it was more like the late 1950’s. It was my brother’s game, not mine, so I’m lucky I remembered at all. :-P

              • =Tamar

                I knew someone who was going to write that story but he died too soon. Maybe it’s a cursed plot?

    • David Argall

      I suspect she is confused about what Alexa wants, and more than a little worried it will cause her trouble. Some form of “I don’t understand” at least allows one to stall, and in some cases, get out from under.

  • Tea party on the floor: best way to make friends ever!
    (it has worked for me!)

  • Sanjay Merchant

    Not related to this particular page, but if you it’s possible to summon the Seven Deadly Sins, is it also possible to summon the Seven Heavenly Virtues? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_virtues#Seven_heavenly_virtues

    • It is indeed!

      • Sanjay Merchant

        Thanks!

  • the CeeJ

    Can’t stop shipping. lol

    • Marvelous TK

      Why would you want to?

    • Had to Google that one. Couldn’t work out why you were so keen to keep sending stuff by sea. Haven’t been so confused since Kate said she was making a point of including Proof Of Concepts in her comics.

  • Pirate_Prince_Navarion

    Chocolate pistachio? Damn it, now I have to try that. Last thing I made was chocolate-pepper cake. :D

  • Gillsing

    Chocolate and pistachio? She’s really into that ‘green and brown’ combination, isn’t she?

  • Volk0v

    That last panel.
    Best Panel.

  • Awwwwwwhahahahah… the maid lady is so ridiculously cute!

  • Amy B.

    Now kiss.

    … what?

  • I don’t want to pick a name

    While I imagine this may have been answered in later pages… if she’s from later than our regular cast, getting a real strong feeling Nora’s family tree includes Sid and Harry.

  • Ilmari

    Chocolate and pistache… yum. I have to try that some time.
    As it happens, I’m just now snacking on some white-chocolate-and-almond brownies (or rather, “blondies”) that I baked the other day. :-)

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