Lord Kasavin wrote:I would love to see Stanley's inner thought process... so I'll write it myself.
Stanley: [Score one for me! I out awesomed Ossomer!]
Maggie: blah blah croak and decrypt Foolamancer blah blah
Stanley: [Foolamancer... we have one of those? Wait, I know that guy, Jack. He... helped me do something once. Was it the laundry?]
Wow, some people are hyper critical. Even if Stanley used to treat Jack as an object, he has since acknowledged him as a person. Stanley is NOT the type of person to handle intrigue well, mainly because every thought he makes shows on his face. And you're having him think a lot more than seems in character for him, and most of those thought don't seem that they were ever in character. And if there is any expression that shows on his could-never-win-poker face, it is thoughtfullness and a bit of worry. Sure, it's been rare, to non-existent for Stanley to actually think his way through a problem, but he is obviously doing that here. The expression he looks at Parson with, "Don't you." is also obviously there to let us know that Stanley truly is looking for confirmation from Parson.
Self-doubt is probably one of the biggest steps someone can make in developing character. Stanley hasn't made up his mind already. He actually unsure of his decision and Parson's in put is both desired, and acted on.
asparagus wrote:The punchline in this page is the Parson's smirk. [...] His smirk shows that he knew he had played the Tool well.
Also, there is nothing of spite in that expression on Stanley's face. No smirk on Parson's face. His lips are pursed in surprise. A smirk is a type of grin, so his mouth would be wider.
He also saw everyone out to destroy him as a sign of greatness and supported Wanda's torture hobby.
Actually, the sign of greatness comment was from Parson.
I'd say croak+decrypt is about as evil as inducing a profound coma in order to do bypass surgery.
Erm, while poisoning someone to save them, putting someone in a coma to do bypas surgery, drugging somone so that they appear dead, could all be considered valid strategies, it doesn't get around that decrypting still modifies the person's mind. So I don't like that analogy at all. More like Lobotomizing someone because they broke an ankle, and you don't want to wait three months for it to heal.