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Slide espouses his theory as to what defines a good sense of humor.
We also find out what Ig's constituency actually thinks of him.
If you can't make out some of the frames:
2nd frame - Ignatius is adjusting his lavender (or is it magenta) cravat, with his cufflinks on display. I think that would fall under 'fop'. In hindsight, I should have used 'toff', which is more common British usage for someone who obsesses about dress - as Ignatius does.
3rd frame - Ig the perfectionist is measuring his ivy.
Last frame - Ignatius as a child is offering his teacher an apple. The chalkboard in the background reads "Ignatius is a toff - ee nose". A toff, as mentioned above is a fop or someone who is obsessed with appearance. As for "toffee nose" - toffee is a confection which is brown and... well, draw your own conclusions.
And a 'goody-goat' is much like a 'goody-goody' or a 'goody two-shoes', an ostentatiously virtuous person.
The story thus far...
Grace and Simon, two teenage tearaways, have discovered a passage to Reality in the basement of The tré (a tiny theatre in their miniscule town of Otterstow). Unfortunately, they have accidentally trapped themselves and cannot return, although they do not seem to be in any hurry to do so.
Ignatius (the mayor of Otterstow) suspects this is the case and has enlisted the aid of the parents; Slide, Sandra, Pete and Gina. None of the adults have figured out how to open the passage, which seems to involve a mysterious box that they cannot open.
What's going on right now:
The parents (except for Gina, who is watching the portal in the basement of The tré by herself) are taking a break from their investigation. They are joined by Linda and Geoff as they sit on the balcony of Nora (Ignatius' home) and enjoy the clear night.
Drawing completed - 25 APR 2011
"I most certainly do have a sense of humour," Ignatius protested. "I enjoy a good joke as well as the next person."
"Ah, but that's the thing," Slide said. "A sense of humour is not being able to laugh at a joke, or even to tell a joke; it's being able to take a joke."
"And I can take a joke as well as the next person," Ignatius proclaimed. "I'm constantly being ribbed by everyone about how I'm some sort of . . . " Ignatius was at a loss for words.
"Fop," suggested Slide.
"Perfectionist," Sandra said.
"Academic know-all," added Geoff.
"Windbag," Pete put in.
"Goody-goat," Linda continued. " . . . as can plainly be seen," Ignatius finished the thought.