November 19th, 2010

Snarky Candiru2

Saturday, 20 November 2010

We end the week with Lynn reminding us that she doesn't think that anything that happens to anyone before they get married and become human matters or should be thought of as important. A normal human being would see Mike's confusion and feel sorry for him; Lynn thinks that his pain is laughable.

(Strip Number 198, Original Publication Date, 21 November 1981)

Panel 1: We find Mike slumped over his desk with a thousand-yard stare and frown; he thought-bubbles "They told Deanna Sobinski I was in love with her; my life is OVER!!"

Panel 2: He's brought out of his sweet fantasies of revenge and self-pity as his thought-bubbling about how he's going to kill the guys who took away his credibility by verbally asking "Huh?"

Panel 3: He then says "Yes, Mrs Hardacre? Um....I don't know the answer. A detention? I understand."

Panel 4: Since nothing seems to be going his way and, since he's seven and doesn't understand that sooner or later, they'll laugh at someone else, thought-bubbles "Why was I born a kid???"

Summary: Granted, Mike's problems are temporary and not as bad as he thinks; the problem is that he doesn't know that. A parent would try to get him to see that and make sure that he knew that he can survive what he sees as an irretrievable loss of playground cred; Lynn regards it as comic fodder owing to her lack of empathy so makes sure that the poor slob thinks that people will laugh at him forever and ever.