It’s amazing that Vachel never learned that one NEVER gets the last laugh when it comes to Dee.
The “S.S. Snuffkin” of course refers to the traveling nomadic character from Tove Jansson’s Moomintroll books. Love those.
We all have different definitions of bad, don’t we. :)
And Dee going over to hug Ted because she sees that he’ll have to float in the cold dark water breaks my heart every time even thought I’m the person who wrote it. <3
I find that so much of humor is based on the “nature” of a character, and so telling a dog “fetch” is so repeatedly ripe for it. Dog’s can’t help it. You say “fetch” and bang, they’re off.
As the story goes, the scorpion said “No, frog, of course I won’t sting you if you carry me across the pond. If I did, then we would BOTH drown.” Upon stinging (of course), as they both sink, the frog asks why. “Because,” said the scorpion, “it is in my nature.”