August 24th, 2011

Snarky Candiru2

Thursday, 25 August 2011

In today's strip, we remind ourselves that the Pattersons view allowances not as a way of teaching children to handle money properly but as a method of controlling them. Plus ça change.....

(Strip Number 4212, Original Publication Date, 26 August 1982)

Panel 1: We conclude our look at Elly's latest attempt to impose order by having Mike apologize to Lawrence; the reason he couldn't come out earlier was that he had to clean his dumb room.

Panel 2: Lawrence is as baffled by this constant insistence on putting away stuff that he's just going to take out anyway as Mike is.

Panel 3: He wonders what the point is when Mike tells him that if he doesn't do chores, he loses his allowance.

Panel 4: Lawrence says that that's a good point.

Summary: Since we know that Elly and John can never stick to any sort of discipline owing to his need to be a defective observer and her need to not be hobbled by consistency, even this attempt to control his antics by tying his allowance to chores will end sooner or later. It's almost a shame because the result was that he's a lazy jerk who doesn't know what to do with his money and who relies on his wife to keep him from living in a pile of his own wastes.