“The Ineffable Majesty of Nature”

From Le Vieux Lapin, this is probably not an overall-CIDU: notice the classic joke structure, with setup in panel 3 (along with 5) and the payoff in the final one. But along the way there are several bits which can stand in need of explication, for different readers.

For instance, I have never run into pay-as-you-go gas meters in real life (for tenants to get heat or hot water), but sort of know about them from vintage British movies and some novels. (Though it says a quarter and not a shilling so this may be American.) Maybe somebody understands them better — is electricity paid for this way anywhere? And the Patreon structure of “levels” — is this known widely outside of Patreon users? And does the girl’s litany of questions come from anywhere else in this wording?

Poly

Le Vieux Lapin introduces us to “Cat and Girl” and says:

In ancient times, the word “polymath” described someone with great experties
in multiple fields.  Like so many other words, though, “polymath” has been
devalued in the age of social media.  What does it take to be a polymath
today?  Dorothy Gambrell’s Cat of
Cat and Girl seems to have figured it out

While I am familiar with the word “polymath” I don’t normally run across it every day. But — as these things work — it happens that the next day I ran across this tweet:

P.S. Le Vieux Lapin adds “Cat needs to eat his ice cream cones faster.”