Because every time Lawrence tries, he gets the carpet dragged out from under him, like Kratos always getting screwed over by those damn high-and-mighty Greek gods. Still, all in all, rebellion may turn out to be a good thing for him… assuming he and Horo get out of that town alive.
So here’s my understanding of the deal. This trading guild "pays" 2000 silver trenni for Horo. Lawrence and Fruhl go and use that to buy up all the furs in town. They then run a monopoly and make a considerable profit. Later, hey come back and buy Horo back at a higher price. The guild profits, Lawrence profits, Fruhl profits. Everyone wins. Who knows, maybe this would’ve even worked out well. But I don’t know about Horo and Lawrence, but beady-eyed, old guys rarely turn out to be reputable characters. I could just sense those geezers in the background, chomping at the bit, waiting to ravage Horo’s nubile body the second they got the chance. Damn, dirty old geezers.
Fruhl said what everyone’s thinking, but isn’t actually happening. Congratulations to Fruhl for being so blunt. Lawrence, can you take a big, glowing, neon "hint"?
It was interesting to see Fruhl’s backstory. It’s a little strange to hear the characters talking about buying and selling people so easily, I was glad to see a bit of the human cost behind those transactions. Fruhl’s a tough woman. I wouldn’t want to cross her. I also really liked the direction during this scene, especially when the camera was panning in on the boats in the background and simultaneously panning out on Fruhl in the foreground. That affect always gets me. I also have to give credit to the music. I think the sharp, staccato strings did a good job conveying Fruhl’s feelings.
If I was Lawrence, laying on the bed with Horo, I would’ve "accidentally" rolled over on top of her. However, failing that, the tail touch scene was flat out awesome. I could watch this 5 second on an endless loop.
However, the conversation takes an abrupt turn to the serious, as Horo says she wants this to be the end of the road between the two. While everything between the two is fun and exciting right now, she’s worried that over time, their repartee and their relationship would become old and stale, leaving them nothing but memories. I wonder how much of this was her simply being melodramatic, how much of it was her rationalizing moving on and letting Lawrence open his store, and how much was based on previous experiences (or lack thereof). Her fear, I would argue, sounds somewhat immature; something you’d expect from someone who’d never been in a long-term relationship.
But I’m glad the melodrama was over pretty quickly. You could argue they left the issue unresolved, but I think it’s one of those things that can’t be resolved until it’s completely over. As much as Lawrence may try to stop Horo from leaving, all it takes is a quick moment for her to disappear into the nether.
Later, Horo and Lawrence return to Rigolo’s to return the books and to check out some more. Interestingly, Rigolo’s been called out to an emergency meeting, leaving Lawrence and the cute nun to engage in enlightening discussions about Rigolo’s garden. Horo may not have seen it, but I saw Lawrence and Horo standing by that tree, not Lawrence and a store. Also, Lawrence discovers that Fruhl’s stone statues are actually made of salt, although I’m not sure what the significance of that is. It’s not unexpected after what they revealed about Fruhl last episode, but I wonder if this is a plot point that’ll go unresolved considering what happens next…
Rebellion! Whoa, that was unexpected, and I don’t think those sharp pointy objects are for chopping wheat or any farming deeds. It’s actually nice to see something blow up in Lawrence’s face that doesn’t involve either him or Horo getting personally screwed over. While this is bad for their profit-making schemes, and for Lawrence’s dreams of opening a store, I think it’s probably a good thing if he wanted to stick with Horo. Furthermore, since no money or goods was exchanged with the trading guild, he shouldn’t be indebted to anyone. Now the only question is whether Lawrence and Fruhl’s names slipped out and if that angry mob is coming to kill them… Yep, it’s looking like a cliffhanger ending to the season. The only question is whether it’s a "oh, where will Lawrence and Horo go next" type of cliffhanger or a "OMG, THE CHURCH IS KILLING WOLF HORO AND LAWRENCE IS LAYING ON THE GOUND BLEEDING TO DEATH!!!" type of cliffhanger. Mmm, I’m hoping for the former. My heart couldn’t take the latter. Oh, I’d also be remiss not to mention the fantastic music during the rebellion reveal. The cacophony of strings was another perfect fit to play up the pandemonium and "what comes next" mood.
It looks like we may be in for a surprisingly action-packed season finale to Spice and Wolf next week.