Prince Albert in a can – Chapter 9, Prologue, Strip 17

Yeah, Mopey isn’t the type of person you would have to ask twice to put a giant robotic arm holding a trashcan on top of her laboratory. No way she wouldn’t jump at the opportunity…but I guess that’s obvious enough from the fact that she apparently installed the whole thing before the Barbicianessor even explained to her what it’s needed for. Her expression in panel 2, too.

And the Professmagicirarian, for his part, restrained himself in only asking for a giant robotic arm…rather than a whole giant robot holding a trashcan. But I guess he faintly remembers that his old alma mater’s mountains of gold pieces aren’t quite as massive as his own are these days.

He’s also to be commended for the way he tries to address C-3PO’s worries. As a scientist, he’s used to precise use of language, so he understands that a big difference is not necessarily a meaningful difference, but C-3PO seems to be reassured. As a protocol droid, I guess he should be used to precise use of language, but he never really gave the impression. And a receptacle does sound a lot more respectable than a trashcan. In fact, it does sound quite similar to respectable in general.

And C-3PO’s probably really worried for nothing, anyway – given how long and elaborate the set-up for the transmission of the secret has been, it would really be extremely odd for the plot to allow R2-D2 not to reach his destination.

More on Monday.