In another village, the Gauls are divided by large ditch and a dispute in the leadership. The left half support Cleverdix, and the right half follow Majestix. All attempts to settle the argument fail, leaving Cleverdix's son Histrionix and Majestix's daughter Melodrama to lament their plight. However, Codfix, Majestix's right-hand man, claims to have a solution; If he gets Melodrama's hand in marriage, he'll get the local Romans to aid Majestix. While Majestix isn't too keen on Roman interference, he agrees if the Romans will back off afterwards. Melodrama informs Histrionix of this, and on the advice of his father, Histrionix goes to Asterix's village for help. Learning of the plight, Asterix, Obelix, and Getafix agree to protect the village from the Romans and help resolve the divide.
This album has examples of
- Animal Motif: Codfix looks like a...fish. A Running Gag is the costent allusions to fish.
- The Bard on Board: This story has many allusions to Romeo and Juliet. Even lampshaded when Obelix, after hearing Histrionix's story, bursts into tears;
Obelix: Sniff! I get all upset by love stories with unhappy endings! Sniff!
Asterix: But this story's only just beginning, and if Chief Vitalstatistix will let us, we're going to help Histrionix solve his problems!
- Everyone Has Standards: Codfix offered Cleverdix's supporters to the Romans as slaves, but Majestix will not have any Gauls be slaves to Romans, even to become chief. Similarly, Cleverdix isn't comfortable with becoming chief after Majestix and his lot are captured.
- Identical Panel Gag: Of the Book Ends sort; the beginning and end of the story have some kids picking apples from the hanging branch of a tree, while an old man protest from the other side of the ditch. The two panels are absolutely identical, dialog included, except that in the second, the ditch is filed with water.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: Histrionix and Melodrama.
- Take a Third Option: When even a duel fails to settle things, Asterix decides that the chief will be Histrionix, with Melodrama as his wife. Everyone approves.