dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote in binky_betsy,

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Annie tells Elly to not make a big public deal of losing weight while pacing herself. She then shoots herself in the foot by making light of her troubles.

(Strip Number 859, Original Publication Date, 30 May 1985)

Panel 1: As they walk to the porch of her house, Anne tells Elly to take it from her and not broadcast the fact that she's dieting.

Panel 2: She starts the process of Elly tuning her out by comparing it to quitting smoking and how that's an open invitation for harassment by know-nothing know-it-all big sisters who haven't an ounce of sympathy for Phil.

Panel 3: She then tells Elly to take her little successes one step at a time.

Panel 4: Her self-deprecating comment about how she keeps tripping over the first step baffles Elly.

Summary: There are three reasons why Anne's attempt to give advice backfired. First, she tried to get Elly to see things from a smoker's viewpoint. Second, she didn't realize that Elly wants to be thin and loved and loveable and beautiful right the Hell now. Third, Elly can't wrap her brain around self-deprecating humor. We learned that when she yelled at John for making the same stupid mistake he did and not getting Ted's point about his humble little cottage.

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