March 24th, 2012

Snarky Candiru2

Sunday, 25 March 2012

In today's strip, we find ourselves watching Elly go all ballistic because, unlike Farley, her children are supposed to have more sense than to go out in the rain and get dirty and create work for her and thus destroy her creativity and right to express herself.

(Strip Number 6103, Original Publication Date, 27 March 1983)

Panel 1: We see Farley walking around outside in a bitter late winter storm. He is not happy.

Panel 2: Having reached the front porch, he barks so as to get the attention of the loud woman.

Panel 3: The strip newspaper readers will read starts with a sympathetic Elly telling him something he can't understand and that we already know: that he's dirty and wet.

Panel 4: He takes comfort from the tone of her voice and the toweling-down he's getting even though the words "What a mess you are, you naughty boy."

Panel 5: The gentle brushing he's getting is equally pleasing; that's because the burrs in his coat are on their way to the garbage instead of making his life Hell.

Panel 6: No sooner does Elly tell him that he's all clean than someone knocks on the door.

Panel 7: It turns out that it's Mike and Liz who were also caught out in what is probably a sudden storm; Elly's announcement that they're dirty and wet has a bit on an angrier tone to it this time.

Panel 8: As Angry Elly marches them to the tub to be lectured at, Mike tells Lizzie that he knew that they should have come in before the dog.

Summary: The Lynnsight is a convoluted mess that whines about how awful it is that children insist on moving around and doing things when it's easier for them to sit until the awful urge to do so goes away. What it doesn't address is the fact that Mike is on to something. Elly does seem to blindly sympathize with the first thing she meets and blindly hate the second.