dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote in binky_betsy,

Friday, 11 April 2014

Today's strip has Elly traumatize her weak, puny family who selfishly refuse to allow her own identity by expressing a need to go on trips by herself more often.

(Strip Number 830, Original Publication Date, 12 April 1985)

Panel 1: As they walk to the car, Elly talks about the workshop in Winnipeg. She tells John that the course was super, she'd learned a lot and met some fantastic people.

Panel 2: She continues on by saying that she loved being on her own and it did her a world of good.

Panel 3: To the shock of the rest of the family, Elly announces that she needs to go away by herself more often.

Summary: Well, they can console themselves with the fact that this never happened. Looking back on a past wherein Elly never did quite manage to create an identity for herself that wasn't "male relative's (daughter/sister/wife/mother)" makes this strip and the implicit promise that Elly could finally be someone who isn't simply someone's someone and not a person in her own right depressing as all get-out. That being said, it's sort of obvious that Lynn sort of hopes that her family reacted like this deep down because she doesn't actually want to know that they were fine.

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