August 18th, 2011

Snarky Candiru2

Friday, 19 August 2011

John greets Elly's whining about why Connie would ever date a man who she hates with a reminder that he thinks that she's a busybody with too much time on her hands. He's a dick but he's also right.

(Strip Number 306, Original Publication Date, 20 August 1982)

Panel 1: We find the Pattersons in bed; as John tries to rest after a busy day aggravating his back, he has to listen to Elly whine "Connie and Phil made such a nice couple. Why would she go back to Ted? It makes absolutely no sense."

Panel 2: John turns to her and tells her that hers is not to reason why.

Panel 3: Hers is but to pry and pry; this reminder that he thinks that she wastes her time interfering in things that don't concern her angers her.

Summary: The need Elly has to make sure that Phil is trapped in the same sort of misery she willed upon herself because she thought it was expected of her despite what her parents told her seems to be colliding with her need to avenge herself on a man whose real sin is not taking her seriously; it's a slippery slope from openly mocking her pretenses to being utterly apathetic towards her and that's just awful.