December 19th, 2010

Snarky Candiru2

Monday, 20 December 2010

Today's punchline sort of confuses me; is Lynn saying that grandparents are a wonderful thing to have around because they serve as a lightning rod that protect busy mothers with nooooooooo help and nooooooooooo time to themselves from having to listen to children or is she saying that Elly can't make sense of the Christmas play?

(Strip Number 4111, Original Publication Date, 21 December 1981)

Panel 1: As we rejoin our story, we find the Pattersons watching the Christmas play wrap up; as Mike says that Hoppity Hamster had Christmas after all, they applaud.

Panel 2: Mike, who's still a little pumped from the play, asks Will "Didja see me, Grampa? Didja see me in there?"

Panel 3: Since he's supposedly representing something Lynn hates (which is to say someone talking too fast to allow her a critical and ill-informed word in edgewise), he asks "Wasn't I a good Santa? Didja hear my part?"

Panel 4: Elly turns to John and asks "Aren't grandparents a wonderful invention?"

Summary: That they are; they're almost as wonderful as the Lynnsights. The Lynnsights, you see, will allow me to see why they're wonderful. Is it because they can be trusted to keep Elly from having to talk to her children or is it because they can follow the narrative structure of Hoppity Hamster's Christmas?