July 5th, 2010

Snarky Candiru2

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

In today's strip, John makes a woolly pronouncement about wanting to be seen as a human being as well as a parent and Elly responds that roughing it would do just that; it's almost a good thing that they're this stupid, isn't it? Otherwise, they wouldn't feed us so many straight lines.

(Strip Number 146, Original Publication Date, 7 July 1981)


Panel 1: We find ourselves in the master bedroom on the night before the big trip, John turns to a pillow that has Elly's face embroidered on it and tells it that he's really looking forward to the vacation and having time together.

Panel 2: Elly emerges from under the covers and listens to him making an awkward statement about how he wants the kids to see the two of them as being real, basic human beings as well as parents. (No wonder he had to guess his way through English class.)

Panel 3: She wraps her arms around him as she says "Honey, if two weeks in the bush with a wood stove and an outhouse don't do it...."

Panel 4: "....nothing will."

Summary: First off, neither one of them have the vaguest idea of how well appointed Ted's summer place is owing to their not asking. Second, this is what sets Elly off after the trip; she went in expecting the shack they wound up in instead of the nice little cottage where they were supposed to have been. Third, she would have been just as pissy if they had went to the right place because it wasn't what she assumed it was. Fourth, English does not seem to be John's first language; that sentence clearly indicates that he's a native speaker of the North American dialect of Blitheringidiot. For more texts in that language, read 9 Chickweed Lane.