September 10th, 2010

Snarky Candiru2

Saturday, 11 September 2010

We end the week with John and Elly talking about how they can see what'll happen to other people more clearly than they can see what's happening to themselves.

(Strip Number 4066, Original Publication Date, 12 September 1981)

Panel 1: It's late at night at the Pattermanse and we find ourselves watching the wrap-up of a conversation John and Elly have been having; he says that Ted genuinely seems to care for Connie but she's in too much of a fog to see anything.

Panel 2: Elly replies by saying that she can see rough times ahead for both of them once their infatuation wears off.

Panel 3: John marvels that he and Elly can be so objective about other people's relationships...

Panel 4: ...while being fairly naive about their own.

Summary: This not only serves to remind us that Ted and Connie's romance is more or less doomed to fail, it's a reminder that John remembers the past; to be specific, he remembers once having said that he and Elly get along well because they communicate only to blunder his way into an amazingly pointless argument because he and Elly went out of their way to not see each other's point of view. Too bad that he remembers it in a self-serving fashion......