|The Butler, Compromising|
|Japanese Title||その執事、妥協 |
Sono Shitsuji, Dakyō
|Arc||Luxury Liner Arc|
|Release Date||July 18, 2011|
|Previous Chapter||The Butler, Knifehand|
|Next Chapter||The Butler, Shaken|
The Butler, Compromising (その執事、妥協, Sono Shitsuji, Dakyō) is Chapter 59 of the Kuroshitsuji manga.
The chapter begins with the sailors on the deck of the ship in a hurry to call for help. A sailor orders them to continue shooting fireworks as a signal and don't let the light diminish. Another sailor arrives telling the prior that they received a message from a freighter sailing nearby and they would come to help in approximately two hours. The prior sailor then concludes that the only thing they can do right now is to get as many people as possible onto the lifeboats.
Meanwhile, Grell Sutcliff asks the man they rescued if he's Rian Stoker. Rian then counters how Grell knows his name. Ronald Knox intervenes, saying the routine talk is unnecessary, and addresses Rian as the guy that's moving the corpses around with some trick. Rian is speechlessly surprised that they know of this information. Ronald smirks to Grell that irregulars are exasperating and that in this world, "death" is a rule that no one should overturn. Grell inquires how to stop the corpses to Rian and the latter hastily tells them that there's a device in his room that can render the complete salvation ineffective again.
In Rian's first class guest room, Rian discovers his device has mysteriously disappeared and is certain it was here before. He then guesses that 'that man' stole it.
In the first class passenger hallway, Ciel Phantomhive and Sebastian Michaelis encounter the Viscount of Druitt, Aleistor Chamber. The viscount asks who they are. Ciel and Sebastian realize their blunder and remember that they never greeted the viscount without being in a disguise. Aleistor, however, dismisses the fact that they're "strangers," saying that since he's notorious as the incarnation of the beauty, it's rare for someone to not recognize him.
Sebastian asks why Viscount of Druitt is here since the ship is full of Bizarre Dolls prowling around. The latter gestures his glass of wine behind him to a peculiar device, telling them that there's something he absolutely wants to protect even if it means risking his life on the sinking ship. The corpses are just like puppets to him. After saying that, he says he has spoken too much.
Sebastian quickly recites the Aurora Society's greeting and they all join in. As they cry out "The Phoenix," Ciel and Sebastian raises their arms and cock their wrists while the viscount poses differently, one hand to his head while the other is stretched out. The viscount acknowledges them as comrades after the recitation of the greeting and says he does remember their faces somewhere.
Ciel questions if that device is something that could stop the corpses. Aleistor suspiciously asks them how they of this. He remarks that if they want to know, just follow him and he will show them the coming of a new Aurora, thanks to the medicine. His handful of servants carry the device as the viscount lead them. Ciel and Sebastian ponder their next move, considering to steal it from him by force. The only problem that lies there would be how to activate it.
One of the people carrying the device snickers and it is revealed to be the Undertaker. Ciel is surprised and asks what he's doing here. He replies that while escaping, he was asked to help carry the device and then he witnessed Ciel doing "The Phoenix" thing again. Ciel scolds him to forget it right away. He then asks if the Undertaker knows how to activate the device in which he responds that he doesn't know and wonders if the device would be of any help anyway.
They arrive at the first class passenger lounge. As the servants and the Undertaker set it down, the viscount tells them to place it down carefully and that it's worth more than their lives. He adds that he won't activate it yet since the cast is still incomplete. Ciel and Sebastian curiously contemplates what he means by "cast" when Rian appears, yelling at the viscount for stealing the device.
Aleistor is unaffected by his anger and with open arms, dramatically welcomes Rian. He informs him that the empire Rian built will collapse like Pompeii tonight and replacing that would be the viscount's new realm. With the power of the device, he will create a new empire. The one who conquered eternity shall rule over everything else with corruption and decadence. It will be called the Aurora Empire.
Ronald notes that it sounds complex. Grell eagerly volunteers to "paint him red" immediately. The viscount interrupts their annihilation plan, threatening to destroy the device by pouring his wine over it. Ronald quickly stops Grell from attacking. Aleistor laughs that he could win against them all with just a glass of wine. Sebastian mutters to Ciel that he's getting irate and asks if he could kill him. Ciel tells him to wait although he understands his butler's feelings of belligerence.
Abruptly, Bizarre Dolls barge in, breaking through the windows. They all realize that there's too much of them. Ciel urges the viscount to activate the device to render them inactive. The viscount corrects Ciel, saying he's not a viscount anymore. He is "Caesar" and he will activate it if Ciel calls him that with "that lovely little mouth of yours, cock robin." Ciel suddenly changes his mind and tells Sebastian to kill him right now and it's the butler's turn to tell him to wait although he understands his feelings.
Aleistor or "Caesar" watches them battle against the Bizarre Dolls and theatrically describes the scene as "Many paladins putting their fleeting lives at stake. The place is like a Colosseum of corruption." The viscount says he's just watching from above whilst enjoying his wine, similar to the Emperor Nero. Ronald overhears him and gets irritated, prompting to kill him and Grell snaps that it was Ronald who stopped him earlier from killing the viscount. Grell curtly yells at Aleistor to make the device work.
The latter agrees that it's time for his empire to be official. He invites everyone to show him the dance of the phoenix to pledge their loyalty to the emperor, that is himself. Ciel, Sebastian, Grell, and Ronald all darkly agree to kill the viscount. While that, the Undertaker asks if they're sure they don't want to know how the device works.
The viscount begins to recite his version of the Aurora Society's greeting: "The complete flame in our chests shall not be extinguished by anyone. We are the new incarnation of The Phoenix!" Ciel, Sebastian, Undertaker, Grell, Ronald, Viscount of Druitt, and the handful of servants all pose the viscount's adaptation of the phoenix, with one hand behind their hand and the other stretched out.
Viscount praises their pledge of loyalty to him and he shows them how the dead army prostrates itself before him, as in becomes powerless. He presses a button on the device and nothing happens; the Bizarre Dolls continue their rampage.
The Undertaker laughs over their confusion as the viscount yells at Rian that the device he built isn't working. Ciel is appalled to realize that it wasn't the viscount who built it. The latter points out that he can't build something like this and he only decided to borrow it. Rian shouts that the viscount has fooled him.
Grell demeans them as an useless farce and kills several Bizarre Dolls, impressing Ronald. Grell continues forward to Aleistor, in an intention to murder him. Ronald quickly yells that they're not allowed to kill humans.
However before Grell is able to land a blow, the Undertaker covers the viscount, one of his hand stopping the Death Scythe, shocking everyone. The Undertaker says it's been a while since he laughed so much and to lose such an amusing man, that is the viscount, it would be equivalent to the pain of losing the whole world. He asks if Grell agrees, addressing them as a Grim Reaper.
Grell is bewildered to acknowledge that their Death Scythe can't cut him and jumps back as the Undertaker whirls around, revealing blade-like wooden objects with writing on them underneath his cloak. He throws his blade-like objects at Grell in which they blocks with their Death Scythe. The blade-like objects also penetrates to the glass ceiling above them, showering down shattered pieces of glass so Sebastian protects Ciel.
The Undertaker murmurs how sad it is if laughter is to disappear, raising his bangs to reveal his eyes for the first time. The blade-like objects are identified as sotoba that are used to mark graves.
Characters in Order of Appearance
- Grell Sutcliff
- Rian Stoker
- Ronald Knox
- Ciel Phantomhive
- Sebastian Michaelis
- Aleistor Chamber