May 17th, 2010

Snarky Candiru2

Coffee Talk, the week of 17 May 2010

I expect to see a lot of letters about Elly's night out this week; since there are a fair amount of dolts out there who seem to begrudge their wives free time and an awful lot of women who laugh that off, I won't like them. I also won't be very fond of the Guisewitesque letters about how men wear God-awful clothes without even caring that their long-suffering wives get blamed for it.
Snarky Candiru2

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

What we're going to see today, of course, is John taking one in the chewies because he expects Elly to tell him where she's going; he really doesn't get that Elly expects to know where he is at all times but feels that his knowing the same thing is an unfair intrusion.

(Strip Number 4009, Original Publication Date, 19 May 1981)

Panel 1: It's the next morning; as John drinks his coffee, Elly notices that he really didn't appreciate her going out on the town last night.

Panel 2: She makes that ridiculous palms-out gesture as she says "But it's perfectly all right for you to go out all hours with the boys"; if she were to realize that he does so so he can spend the night nursing one scotch and looking down his nose at people who aren't dead from the neck down, her head would explode.

Panel 3: John sets up the punchline by saying "That's different..."

Panel 4: John then makes a foolish mistake by saying "...when I'm out, I know where you are." We do too; sitting at the kitchen table fuming because her idiot husband didn't realize that despite telling he could go out, she actually wanted him to stay home. Since he doesn't understand that, he gets called a chauvinistic bully who wants to use his unfair double standard to keep Elly home.

Summary: This, of course, is probably how Lynn interpreted his saying "What, you couldn't have phoned? I sat up all night worrying about you!" That's because worrying about other people seems to be seen as a bad thing. What I find really interesting is that just as Kool-Aid Nation thought that John said that Elly could not have an electric can opener ever, they assume that what he "really" means is that he doesn't want her going out at night with friends.