Remastered Edition Out Now!
My copy of the remastered Cerebus Volume 1 arrived after I'd already read the earlier episodes of AMOC's "whorephobia" debate between Chester Brown and Dave. Reading the volume in that context made page 408's exchange between Cerebus and Perce (the fortune teller / prostitute) really jump out at me.
At that point in his life, Cerebus's attitude towards any form of lowlife pleasure seemed to be "let me at it", and yet he's very sniffy about Perce’s livelihood. It seems a little out of character for someone so cheerfully amoral in every other aspect of his life.
I don't know to what extent we should read Cerebus' disapproval across into Dave's own views at the time, particularly as it forms the set-up to rather a good joke in the next panel. I thought it was worth drawing attention to, though.
On an even more tangential note, Perce also made me think of an old Rolling Stones song which uses "fortune teller" in the same sense Perce does. It's narrated by one of the female fortune teller's customers, and closes with this verse:
Now I’m a happy fella,‘Cause I’m married to the fortune teller,We’re happy as we can be,Now I get my fortune told for free.
Jagger gives the last line a sort of grinning emphasis which ensures we get the point. Can't get much clearer than that, can you?
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