That section of dialog is verbatim. I exaggerated the Night Cap bullying in a few of these comics but the town really was disappointed to see him.
It is still my headcanon that Night Cap is actually from Nightmare Heights. It adds a fitting flavor to the town's interactions with him, from pressing him into service on that controlled burn to being so done with him in this chapter. When I first planned out this whole chapter I thought I'd put heavy bags under everyone's eyes as an unspoken nod to this headcanon, but I somehow forgot until I was already a few comics into it.