January 14th, 2011

Snarky Candiru2

Saturday, 15 January 2011

Today's strip is something of a sucker punch to the gut; that's because what looks like Elly feeling remorse is actually Elly feeling as if the kids have somehow triumphed over her.

(Strip Number 217, Original Publication Daye, 16 January 1982)

Panel 1: We start off with Elly buying some sort of fabric from a local merchant; having noticed that the woman (who, for some reason, has no face and is as black as coal) has a child about Lizzie's age, she looks the child in the eye, gives her a flower and says "So, you're Samantha; that's a pretty name."

Panel 2: She then tells Samantha (who has become faceless and midnight-black as well) that she has a child at home who's just about the same size as she is.

Panel 3: As Samantha's mother (who now has facial features and a skin color that occurs in nature) helps Elly put on the sun dress she just bought, Elly tells her that Lizzie is two and a half and Michael is seven.

Panel 4: As they walk away, Elly thought-bubbles "And I wasn't going to start missing them until next week."

Summary: The Lynnsight will probably make it quite clear that Lynn feels sort of angered that she wound up having regretted not taking the children with her down South. That's because I remember strip after strip that shows either Elly or John pissed off because their children feel like they're being ditched.