dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote in binky_betsy,

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

In today's strip, we are shown the real reason why Mike didn't like practicing: Elly sucking the fun out of it because she makes the mental equation "Michael playing headache music = POOR MEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!"

(Strip Number 604, Original Publication Date, 2 May 1984)

Panel 1: Now that Phil has finished giving Michael his first trumpet lesson, he hands him a book and tells him that he wants him to practice the notes C, D and E.

Panel 2: Phil then tells him that wants him to practice notes for at least half an hour a day.

Panel 3: Phil reminds Mike that practice makes perfect.

Panel 4: Elly frowns in despair because another fake hardship has been added to the laundry list of things that aren't actually unbearable torments and thought-bubbles about how it is nagging that makes practice happen in the first place.

Summary: What Elly loses sight of is that it's also nagging that makes children avoid practice. We are, after all, dealing with a stupid woman who only occasionally allows herself to admit that it was her non-stop criticism and dimwitted belief that praising a child made him spoiled ([Elly whining]He'll EXPECT IT!!![/Elly whining]) made Mike hate practice so very much.

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