April 27th, 2009

Snarky Candiru2

Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Oh, dear; we're in for another extended session of Elly whining about how terrible it is to be a stay-at-home mother, how she was meant to do more than clean and listen to the pointless babbling of children (babbling like "Do you love me?", "LIZZIE ISN'T BREATHING!!!!" and so on and so forth), how she longs for escape, how selfish and retrograde John is an obstacle, how obvious it is to us that Elly would suck as an employee, et cetera, et cetera.....

That being said, let's see if this part of the pity party is a re-rerun or not.

It's not especially whiny but it does have John being a patronizing clod who doesn't understand Elly at all.

Panel 1: We start off with him asking Elly what the jar full of change he's holding is for.

Panel 2: She, er, well, explains that she saves some of the change from the groceries so she can, oh, spend it on, um, things she needs.

Panel 3: Not realizing that she's probably talking about feminine protection, a confused John points out that he'll give her the money for whatever she needs when she needs it; all she needs to do is ask and he'll deliver. It never occurred to him that he's basically declared that since she has a uterus, she should have to bother her pretty little head with things like money.

Panel 4: He's still baffled by her declaration that she feels by doing it her way, she's earned it. This is because he doesn't understand that what Elly does has real economic value; if he paid a maid to do what she did, he'd have to shell out real money instead of the laughable sum he hands Elly.

Summary: John means well but he can't wrap his head around the fact that this ain't 1957 any more; Elly has to at least make a token effort at having a job or else she'll end up being accused of being a throwback. He also doesn't realize that she deserves to not be infantilized by a dough-head.