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!
- Double Meaning: When Asterix, Obelix, and Getafix claim to be offering themselves as slaves to the Romans and promise to cook them a meal to show them their skills, Getafix' description of the menu is basically one long coded speech for "We're going to thump the hell out of you." Obelix doesn't catch on until the violence actually begins.
Getafix: For starters, a fortifying soup.note The meat course... a really nice cut! Say chump chop, stewed in your... I mean, in its own juice. And we won't make a hash of it. If you fancy poultry, we can cook your goose for you! Game for anything? Then grouse and quail. After that, you get your desserts: a fool, well beaten, perhaps some instant whip, and a few raspberries. All washed down with the Gaulish beer we call wallop... it packs quite a punch!
- 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.