November 21st, 2010

Snarky Candiru2

Monday, 22 November 2010

We start the week with a reminder that Mike really doesn't like Mrs Hardacre all that much. It's the consistent discipline that irks him because he's used to the slipshod and erratic version he gets at home.

(Strip Number 6003, Original Publication Date, 23 November 1981)


Panel 1: We start the week off at the supermarket; Elly smiles as she thought-bubbles about how she loves the time of year because the markets are full of fresh fruits and vegetables."

Panel 2: Elly asks Mike if he'd like an apple to take to Mrs HeartbreakerHardacre.

Panel 3: Mike's asking if she has one in a worm in it gives Elly pause.

Summary: The reason for this, of course, is that as a small child, he thinks that anyone that gets angry at him hates him and, by extension, all children. He's not old enough to realize that his behavior might be the problem or that a person of good will who otherwise likes him fine is disappointed by him. Marc Brown's Arthur suffers from the same limiting failure of the imagination. As for the Lynnsight, we can expect a glimpse into Lynn's childhood; we aren't going to hear about Aaron's school years to the "He thinks you're picking on him" strip.