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.
After taking up lots of valuable time arguing that he was the one and only Barribal, the dwarf was beginning to get on people’s nerves. The crowd was getting more restless by the minute, and soon the miniature giant found himself dragged into a genuine street brawl.
Ocelot, meanwhile, kept a safe distance from the action.
“Too bad it couldn’t be different than this,” he mused. “But there’s nothing I can do, so I may as well stay clear of it. Still, what a miserable sight...”
Luckily, the uneven struggle soon came to an end. A few more blows, a couple more insults, and the crowd dispersed, leaving the object of their dissatisfaction to his own—badly-mangled—devices. It will come as no great surprise that we’re talking about Squire Bomble here. He had recently been making such a nuisance of himself with his anti-Barribal stance that today was no more than payback time. Dazed and confused, he cast some unfocussed glances about him, but then his eye fell upon the dwarf sitting beside him.
“Oomps,” he said with some difficulty. “Whoareyou? Don’t I know you, is what I mean...”
With these words he inched himself up off the pavement and narrowed one eye, trying to bring the fellow into focus.
“Quite so,” he resumed. “You are that dwarf who told me about Barribal, if you know who I mean!”
“Yes, I do,” the fellow said bravely. “That’s me! I am the mighty Barribal; you better believe it!”
But his voice lacked conviction.
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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