In that light is how I view this chapter. Mostly in dialogue. When you look at the two of the characters introduced in this chapter, you will find one to be loud and blustery, Officer Shrift. Full of heavily expressed emotion. The other is more meek and mild, soft-spoken and of a gentle nature, Faintly Macabre.
I wish I knew the author so I could ask him “Did you do this on purpose?”. Whether he did or did not can only be guessed at. However the difference between the two shows ‘Contrast – the state of being strikingly different from something else, typically something in juxtaposition or close association.’ This is a key concept I first learned in color theory as it applies to photography. Want to make things stand out from each other? Amplify the difference in the color spaces within the photo. In the case of this book, I believe it to be a subtle nuance to the understanding of the English language. One not, necessarily, picked up on at first.
I’m curious what you thought of the Humbug. Even before it was said I always say this as the type that would be associated with Politicians. Throughout the book, he plays the part of taking massive amounts of credit while accomplishing very little. You’ll see as we progress, still, he’s likeable enough and it just wouldn’t be the same without him.
What we might find out in this little adventure is that while sentences may be short, the penalties can be quite steep. Milo gets into a little trouble from all the mess of the last chapter.