Alphonse and Gaston was a comic strip written by Frederick Burr Oper that ran for about a decade in the early 1900s. It featured a pair of bumbling Frenchmen whose excessive politeness often led to misadventure and hilarity.

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Faulkner subtly refers to the comic strip at the end of Light in August, when the furniture dealer turned narrator states: "It was like those two fellows that used to be in the funny papers, those two Frenchmen that were always bowing ad scraping at the other one to go first, making out like we had all come away from home just for the privilege of sleeping on the ground..." (500).

–Bill Keane

Works Cited

Faulkner and Humor ed. Doreen Fowler and Ann J. Abadie/