July 9th, 2011

Snarky Candiru2

Sunday, 10 July 2011

In today's strip, we remind ourselves that Elly might be suffering from clinical depression; granted, that's a sort of sweeping generalization but it could make her feelings of worthlessness and rage easier to explain.

(Strip Number 6084, Original Publication Date, 11 July 1982)

Panel 1: We start things off late at night; as John slumbers, Elly sighs.

Panel 2: She then calls his name because she wants to talk.

Panel 3: The reason: she can't sleep because she feels old, useless and ugly.

Panel 4: She can't explain why but thinks that she might be going through an insecure phase. (Cue Jethro Gibbs exclaiming "Jeez, ya think?") Maybe she just needs reassurance. (Insert comment about how she doesn't want to be reassured here.)

Panel 5: The reason for her insecurity is, of course, that she doesn't feel that motherhood is quite enough.

Panel 6: Her comment about how that that worry could simply be a feeling that society has pressed on women should get a hell of response from Kool-Aid Nation.

Panel 7: She just wishes that she knew why she felt so miserable; she just feels depressed, you know?

Panel 8: She then sets up the rather depressing payoff by, having noticed that John hasn't said anything, asking him if he's been listening.

Panel 9: Since John slept through Elly pouring her heart out, all she gets is an inarticulate grunt.

Panel 10: Her comment about being relieved because she thought she was talking to herself is kind of depressing.

Summary: That's because she could have done this while he was wide awake and still been talking to herself; the reason, as josephusrex points out, is that the clueless shmuck doesn't ever want to admit that he'd been unfair, unfeeling or unkind so his response to all of this would have been "CHEE!!! What is it with women and hormones, anyway?" (The worst thing of all, of course, is that Lynn thought that she'd been married to this goober.)