Well, we can tell that Peter wants his friend back the way it used to be. He also wants it to stop being awkward around Michelle and Christo when they are in the same room. Perhaps he has another motive that if they settle their differences, he can make his choice about how he feels about Michelle. We've seen the encounters they've had.
Not entirely sure how it happened, but yes, this is almost the exact dialogue from the beginning of the book. I'll own it, this is a straight fuck-up on my end. This will get fixed at some point. Sorry, folks.
Not to question your storytelling, or how you want the story to go, Mr. Twist, but need it be a mistake? I know several arguments with friends have often gone that way: retreading old ground. It doesn't seem inappropriate to the context.
Is it a Canadian thing, but "anus" seems to get chucked around a lot as an insult/snarky comment. Never heard it among my group of friends. Given that it's 'ass' in America (which is a sad weak little word) and 'arse' in the UK it only makes sense to have Canadian equivalent.
@Lleyn: That explains the weird sense of deja vu I was having. I swore "wipe your sensitive anus" just jumped off the page at me like a red flag. I just chalked it up to being a good quip, like when my brother in law's skate buddy tells him to "ice his vagina" the night before they're gonna be skating and filming a lot (they're late 30's - early 40's).
I think it still flows, but it would be much more obvious in print form to have 2 pages so similar, even though they bookend it (as in they're at the beginning and end, not "book-ending" flaws). Maybe moreso because they bookend it. I don't think it would be too hard for a master writer like Twist to swap it out. I will be a little disappointed if I don't see a spread of this page (pre-fix) with 4.1p20 above it and some comments to commemorate this in Book 4, Twist's humor would shine on that bonus page :)
Wait, wait, that repetition wasn't intentional by you, Mr. Twist? Oh dear *lol* Then I actually have to agree with those that suggested leaving it as is, because it is a great repetition and really drives home the feeling that these two will never see eye to eye on that topic. Though, perhaps include in the last panel that Peter has a sense of deja vu *g*
And kudos to The Hankerchief! You called it on the page before this one and I was, yeah true, sounds familiar, but it really hit me with this page.