dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote in binky_betsy,

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Today, we switch back to Elly seeking validation from a husband who's seen through her and realizes that he can't win. Either he can feed into her need to see herself as a blob and wail about it OR he can tell the truth and be a liar who wants to either trick her or get something from her.

(Strip Number 4505, Original Publication Date, 29 May 1985)

Panel 1: Elly and John are gardening when Elly mentions that it is good exercise and that she feels thinner already.

Panel 2: Elly then asks John if she looks thinner.

Panel 3: Since she doesn't realize that his mind is racing in a futile attempt to find a response to her query that won't get twisted into "HE THINKS I'M FAT AND UGLY!!!!! WAAAAHHH!!!!!", she prods him for a response.

Panel 4: Her mood shifts to despair when he asks what he can say that won't get him into trouble.

Summary: Unlike John, Elly doesn't know herself well enough to realize that nothing anyone can say can please her. She thinks she's an open-minded, easy-going person surrounded by jerks who insult her because she doesn't own her ability to twist everything into a slight.

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