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 Ollie listened to Jobes’ words with growing distaste.
“And that’s enough!” he said as he rose up from his chair with all his remaining strength. “Your attitude is becoming increasingly affrontive. For too long have order and discipline been trampled on in this house!”
“Too true,” said the servant. “And that’s why it’s high time for just laws to correct the situation, if you please. There’s altogether too much oppression in the world, but the weak and the powerless are still entitled to their share of the pie.”
“Indeed!” cried Squire Bomble. “A convalescing gentleman is entitled to devotion and care! I insist on that, so please keep that in mind!”
“And that’s why I insist on my afternoon off,” returned the loyal servant fiercely, “if I may be so bold.”
“No, you may not!” Squire Ollie bawled, his voice raw with emotion, but to no avail. Jobes left the room with a terse goodbye, his employer staying behind with a bad case of hurt pride.
“Where does he get his language from?” he grumbled. “It must be from that radio broadcast. This proves the bad influence of giants on simple folk.”
Meanwhile, Ocelot had been searching for Captain Bulles to show him the tape recorder.
“Here’s the giant you’ve been looking for,” he said as he pointed to the equipment.
“Huh?” growled the police chief. “The giant was in that barn! We made a cast of his footprints, and his chair has been confiscated as evidence! What’s the meaning of that toy you’re showing me?”
“I think something’s off,” said Ocelot. “Why would he need a chair if his address was taped? That’s what I am wondering about!”
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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