October 6th, 2009

Snarky Candiru2

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

Now that we've been reminded of what Elly's areas of interest are and that her children are selfish, demanding obstacles to her goals, we need to remind ourselves that John hasn't any sympathy for her hopes and dreams either. That way, we can have more martyrdom and less realization that since she zones out when people try to tell her things, she's a piss-poor student.

Super great; I'm right on the beam with this one; it's the replacement for the classic strip that has John make suggestions about what courses Elly should take that would only benefit him.

Panel 1: John's silhouette asks Elly, who's holding a sheet of paper in her left hand and a pen in the right, what she's up to; she tells him that she's checking out night school courses.

Panel 2: We next see her at the kitchen table looking at a course catalogue; she tells John, who's holding a cup of coffee, that she was planning on taking a creative writing course but the one she wanted to enroll in isn't available until next semester.

Panel 3: John, who's tired of eating dreck like Cheapie Weenie Casserole, says "So? Why not take something else? Creative cooking, for example!" This, of course, is where Lynn rewrites history: beforehand, he'd suggested belly dancing and gourmet cooking as alternates.

Panel 4: That's the only substantive change, though; the reaction in both is essentially the same. That's because Elly, who's wearing her typical scrunched-up rage face, shoves him aside as he tells her that he's just suggesting something useful.

Summary: We see a man who's half-way joking, half-way trying to offer her a useful choice and a lot of the way thinking about his poor, long-suffering stomach; she sees an ogre who wants to destroy her creativity and eliminate her freedom of expression. A random passer-by who didn't know these people would assume that they're the Leroy and Loretta Lockhorn of Southern Ontario.