dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote in binky_betsy,

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

In today's strip, Mike oppresses his poor mother by insisting that the room she permits him to inhabit should somehow or other look as if a small boy actually sleeps in it instead of being a good boy and letting it look like a hotel room. Since he doesn't want to see that his room should look as sterile and lifeless as his mother's imagination, he's pure evil in a T-shirt that still needs ironing no matter what people say.

(Strip Number 4441, Original Publication Date, 25 September 1984)

Panel 1: As she stirs her unpalatable swill, Michael tells Elly that he and Lizzie have cleaned their rooms and asks her to give his the once-over.

Panel 2: Now that it's devoid of any sort of trace of humanity, a beaming Elly tells him that it is much better.

Panel 3: She then says that he can have some pride in a room devoid of junk and clutter. (Or, as we say in English and not in "Madwoman Driven Berserk By OCD", devoid of signs of his own identity.)

Panel 4: Since we're actually slamming Ursula today, Michael thought-bubbles that he had pride in the junk and clutter itself.

Summary: Today's notes are all about how Lynn's mother was out of line trying to make her clean her room because she saw it as an intrusive attempt to deprive her of her freedom of expression instead of what it actually was: the desperate attempt of a freaked-out woman to impose order on what she saw as chaos.

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