Comic 501 - Bisaïeul Auguste Louis
17th Feb 2020, 12:00 AM in Family Secrets
Bisaïeul Auguste Louis
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Microraptor edit delete
Microraptor
The present, plus flashbacks to two different time periods. I hope this isn't too confusing...

Upon looking it up, I found out that the French have a surprisingly short word ("bisaïeul") for "great-grandpa".

And hey, look who was Bisaïeul Auguste's young assistant! We already know that guy! (And we know that he got very old - so thankfully, there never was a "We're gonna need another Timmy!" situation. ;-) )
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Jeremy7 edit delete reply
Jeremy7
Interesting! So Babette and Bettina's families have a history, and we can only imagine something happened to Auguste Louis that would have caused Babette's father to be such a luddite.
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
What can I say, I love worldbuilding, stories about family dynasties and interconnecting things! :-)

And yes, you are exactly right, concerning where Luddism of Babette's father originally stems from...
Of course we'll learn a bit more about that later in the story.
lirvilas edit delete reply
lirvilas
I forget if you established it previously, but I'm now utterly convinced that the Timmys are descended from Roma.
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
That... did in fact never occur to me before.

But yeah, them descending from a traveller ethnic group would fit with the "have peddled shiny trinkets" line.

The only thing I pondered once was if they could be Jewish - but then I made them celebrate Christmas, and also the funeral of Timmy I is clearly a Christian one.
Roma ancestry is thus indeed a better fit!
lirvilas edit delete reply
lirvilas
It also allows them to be wherever the plot needs them to be--France in this case.
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
Would also solve the surname problem: I mean, "Timmy" doesn't sound particularly French, and I don't really know where such a surname could most likely come from.
But it seems that Romani people can in fact have surnames from all kinds of different languages...