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. Obelix in particular has a grudge against the soothsayer, who has threatened to kill Dogmatix in order to examine his guts for predictions of the future. When Obelix finally thwarts Impedimenta and enters the forest, he finds Prolix there and chases him up a tree.
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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.
He predicts that "when the storm is over, the weather will improve. Partly out of superstition and partly out of personal ambition, she convinces the soothsayer known also by the name "Prolix" to remain in official hiding near the village, where she and the other villagers may question him at will. The only two whom she will not permit into the forest are Asterix and Obelix. Obelix in particular has a grudge against the soothsayer, who has threatened to kill Dogmatix in order to examine his guts for predictions of the future.
When Obelix finally thwarts Impedimenta and enters the forest, he finds Prolix there and chases him up a tree. Obelix returns to the village and almost instantly falls for Mrs. Prolix meanwhile is arrested by a strictly rule-abiding Roman Optio a senior officer. Back in the forest Impedimenta and Asterix have within moments of each other discovered the absence of the soothsayer, causing consternation among the villagers who were told by the soothsayer that the gods would put a curse on them if anything untowards happened to him.
Geriatrix not mentioned by name , Asterix finds himself standing alone. Prolix returns at that moment, claiming dramatically that soon the air in the village will become polluted by a divine curse. Terrified, most of the villagers leave their home, to wait on a nearby island for the curse to run its course, as if it were a quarantined virus. Asterix, Obelix, and Dogmatix stay behind. The Romans soon arrive to investigate the village, while the Gauls hide in the local undergrowth.
Unknown to either, Getafix has completed his conference which seems to be a facsimile of a twentieth-century scientific conference and returned. Hearing of the situation, he concocts a witty plan by which to drive out the Romans and teach the villagers a lesson.
Using a number of unidentified ingredients in his cauldron, the Druid literally raises such a stink that even the powerful Obelix is affected. The fumes spread to the village, expelling the Romans, Prolix, and Cacofonix the Bard who had sneaked back to find his lyre.
Prolix is baffled: the seeming fulfillment of his prediction has set him to wondering if he is becoming a real soothsayer. He sends word to Caesar that all of Gaul is now conquered "All?
To pass the time, therefore, he has the soothsayer tell him exaggerated stories of the luxuries emperors enjoy. Meanwhile, Getafix joins the other villagers on the island to explain the Truth. Here we see a reference to the priestly role of the Druid, when Vitalstatistix begs Getafix to "appease the anger of the Gods, which has fallen upon our poor village. Inspired by this, the villagers go home, while the Romans deal with their own problems.
Though upright and law-enforcing, he is not intellectual and finds himself thoroughly perplexed by the simplest of contradictions.
Even his inferior officers regard him as an "idiot". In the village, trouble is still present. Asterix has an idea; they might give the soothsayer a surprise, to prove that his predictions are not genuine. The surprise is quite simple: the Gaulish men and women will attack the Roman camp together.
The plan is successful: the Gauls arrive at the camp and Prolix admits that he had no idea that they were coming. This convinces Impedimenta who beats the Centurion and the soothsayer with a rolling pin, causing her husband Vitalstatistix to look on her with an almost patronizing pride.
They beat him and his escort up. Prolix, who has been taking a lot of yelling from the now-ex Centurion over being a fraud, leaves the camp swearing to give up soothsaying at the risk of having the sky fall on his head, whereupon Rain-God, Taranis , sends down a thunderstorm.
The Gaulish village, however, is soon at peace, enjoying themselves for the present and not worrying about the future - with the exception of Cacofonix, who still dreams about being a famous singer.
Cultural references Again, with a more adult-theme which started with Asterix and the Roman Agent , the story revolves around the superstitions of the people at the time Gauls and Romans alike and of today, and parodies the general gullibility of humanity.
The story includes page 9 an illustration of the Roman and Gaulish pantheon of gods. In that illustration, Uderzo includes a drawing of his own country home. Nicolaes Tulp Adaptations An animated film bearing the title Asterix and the Big Fight was released in , however although it contains elements from that album, it is actually more an adaptation of this book. Part of the plot was also used in the first live action Asterix film, Asterix and Obelix vs Caesar.
Asterix and the Soothsayer
It was released in , and was the 23rd volume to be published, but it has been rarely reprinted and is not considered to be canonical to the series. The only English translations ever to be published were in the Asterix Annual and never an English standalone volume. It was a tribute to Albert Uderzo on his 80th birthday by 34 European cartoonists. The volume was translated into nine languages.
19- Asterix and the Soothsayer
Asterix alone correctly identifies the soothsayer as a charlatan. Later, Obelix eludes Impedimenta and, upon encountering Prolix, chases him up a tree. Obelix returns to the village and almost instantly falls for Mrs. 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.