(Strip Number 4964, Original Publication Date, 14 May 1988)
Panel 1: Since Elly has a deep-seated need to feel bad about herself that she won't acknowledge, she asks John the loaded question of whether he'd like her if she were thinner so she can blame her mental malfunction on him.
Panel 2: Rather than simply flat out ask what answer is least likely to result in her being pointlessly angry at him for an indefinite period of time, he tells her that he likes her just the way she is.
Panel 3: He forgets that she's watering the lawn when he repeats Grandpa Patterson's comment about how a woman should provide heat in the winter and shade in the summer. Being told point-blank that John wants more of her to love has a rather predictable consequence: outrage.
Panel 4: After having been drenched for telling her that she must learn to love the ten pounds too much that make her miserable, John says that the old boy didn't say it that often.
Summary: Let's remind ourselves that she took a sick sort of pride in not listening to people who tried telling her who she is as a person mattered than an appearance that she can't admit that she's hard-wired to loathe because that's not 'normal'. That way, we can see that she's telling the world that this is what they 'really' meant.