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.
Steaming and stewing, he climbed the rocky path, which wasn’t made any easier by his cowl flapping around his ankles. But he was too wound up to notice and pressed on until, at a turn in the track, he ran into Ocelot.
“What are you doing here?” he screeched in a startled voice. “I know all about you and your kind! And let me tell you this right now; it’s not going to end well for you! Not for any of you! Just wait until the mighty Barribal takes charge!”
“I’m not doing anything,” Ocelot said quellingly. “All I want to know is who this Barribal is. Where does he live?”
The little fellow calmed down somewhat. He took a step closer and peered suspiciously out from under his hood.
“No, that’s true,” he conceded. “You’re doing nothing... Because you are nothing! But Barribal—he’s something else. He is a great big giant with endless powers. Endless, I’m telling you! Everybody here knows that. For now, he lives in a huge cave at the end of this trail. But one day he’ll come out. And he will straighten this place out and put a stop to every last bit of injustice!”
“Hm,” said Ocelot. “That’s quite something.”
The dwarf took another half-step forward and rose to his most commanding height.
“You’ve got that right,” he said in his squeaky voice. “He is quite something. He will issue just laws and mete out severe punishments. And then we’ll see who’s having the last laugh!”
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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