Comic 144 - The (Anne-)Gretchen Question
2nd Nov 2016, 12:00 AM in The Ghosts of Gallenstein Castle
The (Anne-)Gretchen Question
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Microraptor edit delete
Microraptor
Jepp, that's what this whole chapter has been building up to. Gustav originates from a time wherein Protestants and Catholics were still at each others throats, and it is thus very hard for him to fathom how members of these two denominations can simply coexist peacefully and even intermarry and have kids, without a big quarrel over how they should be baptized.

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trad118 edit delete reply
trad118
Oooh! He's gone grey!

So is this considered culture shock or temporal shock? I mean, you know what they say, the past is another country after all...

Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
Even his speech bubbles have gone grey! ;-)

Right, it's sort of a cultural shock due to temporal displacement. Though "temporal" always sounds to me as if time travel is involved, and Gustav is just very old. (And I guess you don't even have to become a ghost to fall victim to that effect, just to get old enough to not understand the younger generations anymore.)
That being said, even Gustav is not completely unable to adapt to the times - he had no issue with measuring his fencing skills against a woman for example. It's just that society's changing attitude concerning religion is a huge blind spot for him!
ProfEtheric edit delete reply
ProfEtheric
Oh dear... the bigoted ghost appears broken... :P
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
Let's hope that he learns from that experience...
The Doodler edit delete reply
The Doodler
To be fair, the Thirty Year's War was off-the-charts awful, so... :/
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
Yes, Gustav probably had to go through quite some terrible sh*t back then. So even though most of us today don't share his whole extreme anti-Catholic attitude, at least it's easy to understand where it's coming from.
Taily edit delete reply
Taily
Can a ghost die from shock??
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
Well, it seems that they can at least freeze from shock...
AmeliaP edit delete reply
AmeliaP
It's a brave new world, my dear ghost. Live with it XD
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
Religious tolerance: Obviously a completely new concept for Gustav! ;-D