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WORLD OF HURT – The Thrill-Seekers – Episode 31: “The Third Mrs. Belmont”
I’ve been remiss in my blogging duties here at Blog@Newsarama, but thanks for tuning in. I always try to add a bit of personal or process insight into the strips that I post here that I may not have mentioned when I first ran them at my own site.
I created two versions of the dialogue for this particular episode. One without the French dialogue and the other with it. My fiancee has a longtime college friend named Marye Dahlman. She and her husband, Carl, are wonderful friends and were early supporters of the strip. Marye is remarkably fluent in French and even teaches it at the college level.
On a wild hair, I thought it might be interesting to show some of Pastor’s depth, so I thought it might be fun to have him be equally fluent in French. (Besides, it would allow me to introduce an important element about Pastor’s past in the next episode.) At the last minute, I asked Marye if she would be willing to translate some of the dialogue, and she happily obliged. I loved how Mrs. Belmont’s icy reserve melts as soon as Pastor displays his linguistic skills, and realizes he’s a lot more than what he appears to be. I would make a joke about Pastor being a “cunning linguist,” but we’ll see some of that soon enough.
Also, for some reason, this is one of my favorite episode titles. There’s something decidedly blue-blood and patrician about the title, “The Third Mrs. Belmont,” and for Pastor to step into this upper crust world and still be in total control was really fun.
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