April 28th, 2010

Indignant Candiru

Thursday, 29 April 2010

In today's strip, Elly is both baffled and martyred by the fact that Lizzie starts feeling better the second they get to Plett's office. A normal person would realize that doctors see this all the time but Elly thinks that she's not going to be taken seriously, so.....

(Strip Number 3998, Original Publication Date, 30 April 1981)

Panel 1: We start the proceedings with Elly freaking out us moderns by having Lizzie next to her in the front seat; this, of course, will be fodder for a lot of letters that tell us that this "child safety" thing has gotten way out of hand.

Panel 2: Elly carries a sniveling Lizzie to the office of what looks to be a Doctor N. Plett; the strip's caption and the who's who refer to a Norman Flett so he's probably the victim of dodgy lettering. (ETA: He's actually the victim of Lynn's inability to letter properly; he was "supposed" to be named "Flett" after an acquaintance of hers but her poor lettering led everyone, even her staff, into thinking that his name started with a P.)

Panel 3: As Elly reads a copy of Portrait from 1974, Doctor Flett's receptionist tells her that he's ready to see Elizabeth now. He'll need a microscope if she keeps shrinking like she is now.

Panel 4: Lizzie's enthusiastic "YAH!!!" as she jumps up as if to rush to the examination room leaves Elly's face frozen in the Bug-Eyed Glare of Existential Horror™. That's because the big idiot probably thinks that Lizzie was faking to get attention.

Summary: Elly clearly doesn't seem to understand that Lizzie's enthusiasm and high spirits have nothing to do with her illness; she's still sick but she's happy now that people aren't treating her like a leper.