As much as I enjoy the trips to other countries and the endless bounty of fresh wordplay and historical references they provide, I love the stories set in the Village. I love the cast of colorful characters with strong personalities I love to see them squabble and make up. A good all-village brawl after a fish slapped to the face is the source of endless humor. It more or less entirely takes place in the village and its immediate forested surroundings. We even learn that Toutatis is the god of the tribe, which until now I had just kind of figured out for myself. The Roman have their Jupiter.

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Frightened by a thunderstorm, the Gauls — with the exception of Getafix, who is at his annual druid meeting — are huddled in the chief's hut, when they are visited by a soothsayer , called Prolix , who predicts that "when the storm is over, the weather will improve" and additionally predicts a fight caused by the villagers' habitual argument over the over-ripeness of fish sold by fishmonger Unhygenix. Asterix alone correctly identifies the soothsayer as a charlatan.

Upon Prolix's departure, the chief's wife Impedimenta preserves him in hiding near the village , where she and the other villagers question him at will; forbidding only Asterix and Obelix. Later, Obelix eludes Impedimenta and, upon encountering Prolix, chases him up a tree. Prolix diverts him by claiming to see a vision of a beautiful woman who loves warriors matching Obelix's description. Obelix returns to the village and almost instantly falls for Mrs. Prolix meanwhile is arrested by an optio , who brings Prolix before the centurion of the Roman camp Compendium, who decides to use the imposter's persuasive skills against the Gauls.

Upon Impedimenta's discovery of Asterix near Prolix's camp, consternation spreads among the villagers on grounds of a threatened sacrilege. At the Romans' behest, Prolix returns, claiming dramatically that soon the air in the village will become polluted by a divine curse.

Terrified, most of the villagers flee to a nearby island for the curse to exhaust itself, while Asterix, Obelix and Dogmatix stay behind. The Romans soon arrive to claim the village, while Asterix and Obelix hide in the undergrowth. Getafix the druid returns from his conference , and hearing of the situation, turns Prolix's ruse against him by creating and spreading a foul-smelling mixture of gasses.

These expel the Romans, Prolix, and Cacofonix the Bard, who returns to the other Gauls on the island to confirm Prolix's prophecy. Prolix himself is perplexed by this confirmation, while the Centurion sends word to Caesar that "all of Gaul is now conquered"; and hoping to become dictator himself, he has the soothsayer tell him exaggerated stories of the luxuries emperors enjoy.

Getafix, Asterix and Obelix join the other villagers on the island, where Getafix reveals he created the "foul air" that expelled the Romans; but Impedimenta and the other women remain convinced Prolix was genuine, on grounds of his having flattered them in earlier predictions. Asterix therefore determines to take the soothsayer by surprise and thus prove him fallible. To this end, the Gaulish men and women attack the Roman camp together; and when the Centurion demands to know why Prolix did not warn him of this, the latter admits his ignorance.

Convinced of the soothsayer's fraudulence, Impedimenta beats him and the Centurion. Returning to the village, the Gauls meet Bulbus Crocus, an envoy of Julius Caesar 's, come to confirm the Centurion's claim that the village is conquered, and expel him. In the Roman camp, Crocus demotes the Centurion to a common soldier, who is then commanded by the Optio to clean the camp alone. Prolix is expelled from the camp, swears to give up soothsaying, and is driven away by a thunderstorm.

The Gaulish village is soon at peace , with the exception of Cacofonix, who still daydreams of himself as a famous singer. In , the book was adapted into the inaccurately-named Asterix and the Big Fight , which encompassed only a few plot elements from the book it was actually named after.

Part of the plot was also used in the first live-action Asterix film, Asterix and Obelix vs Caesar. On Goodreads , it has a score of 4. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved Translation: Here and There, Now and Then. Intellect Books. In Belgium. Asterix and Obelix vs. Asterix Obelix Dogmatix. Hidden categories: CS1 French-language sources fr Comics infobox image less caption Graphic novel pop Articles containing French-language text.

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Asterix v19: “Asterix and the Soothsayer”

It was originally serialized in Pilote issues in One stormy day, the Gauls — with the exception of Getafix , who is at his annual druid meeting — are huddled in the chief's hut, fearing for their lives. But then, a man enters the hut in a burst of lightning - it is a soothsayer , who promptly proceeds to see the future for our superstitious Gauls. He predicts that "when the storm is over, the weather will improve.


Asterix and the Soothsayer

It was originally serialized in Pilote issues in But then, a man enters the hut in a burst of lightning — it is a soothsayer, who promptly proceeds to see the future for our superstitious Gauls. But not all are impressed; Asterix alone dares question the qualities of this soothsayer, who is in fact a fraud. The only two whom she will not permit into the forest are Asterix and Obelix.


Asterix and the Soothsayer (1972)


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