Oliver B. Bomble, a gentleman of independent wealth, and his good friend Ocelot delve into the mystery of a mighty giant on a mission to set things straight in the world. The story is published in daily installments and will run until Election Day. All previous installments can be found below the current episode.
Squire Bomble retreated from the room more troubled than ever and shuffled back onto the landing. He had left the door open to keep it from squeaking and so was able to continue to enjoy the voice coming from the TV set.
“Simple, robust language!” it blared. “And never any trumpery. Stay tuned to the Barribal channel and know where you stand. All in clear and simple language. Get connected with your TV and enjoy...”
Squire Ollie felt a shiver run down his spine. He cautiously steered his wounded leg down the steps and returned it to his sitting room.
“How terrible this is,” he muttered as he opened the window to let in some fresh air. “The things that a gentleman must endure in this day and age. Any old giant may enter his castle via the airwaves and undermine the morale of the help.”
He halted his musings when he heard the sound of footsteps over the sighing wind. It was a stranger, a door-to-door salesman, approaching the manor and inviting him to take a look at the merchandise he was carrying on his shoulders.
“Check out this beautiful TV set, Sir!” he enthused. “With it, you’ll never be bored again, and it’s great help in deciding what to think. Tune in to the Barribal channel—which has been conveniently preprogrammed on this fine set—and you’re ready to go!”
“I do not desire a television set,” Squire Ollie announced primly, and with these words he closed the window on his caller.
Translation Copyright © 2014 by Adrian Meerman © Text and Images Toonder Company, Netherlands
‘Tales from the life of Olivier B. Bomble, gentleman,’ was serialized in Dutch newspapers for many years, and Squire Bomble, his good friend Ocelot and many others have become household names in the Netherlands. This is their first appearance in the US after the successful translation into English by Adrian Meerman, a Sparta resident.
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