dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote in binky_betsy,

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

In today's strip, Elly whines to Anne about how terrible it is that Lizzie is developing a personality of her own.

(Strip Number 395, Original Publication Date, 27 April 1983)

Panel 1: As she and Anne drink their coffee, Elly asks her what could be wrong with Lizzie. That's because she won't wear what she puts out and she hates the things she cooks.

Panel 2: Other examples of wrongness are not doing the simple things she asks and looking at her as if she's stupid.

Panel 3: Anne reassures her that this is just a phase she's going through.

Panel 4: Elly bitches that this is one she didn't expect until she was fifteen.

Summary: The notes, which will probably be all about Lynn's refusal to admit that her strip does actually affect her family's lives, will fail to address the real annoyance: the pants-soiling terror perfectly normal children developing as they should engender in Elly. It would seem just as John angrily defends the ideas that he formulated when he was six or so, Elly is terrified by the fact that her children grow out of being the helpless, cooing infants she can actually cope with.

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