March 31st, 2012

Snarky Candiru2

Sunday, 1 April 2012

In today's strip, Elly can't quite get over the fact that John knows more about Jean's needs than her own.

(Strip Number 6105, Original Publication Date, 10 April 1983)

Panel 1: As they get ready for bed, Elly tells John that she wishes that he wouldn't refer to his staff as his girls. Since he doesn't realize that she takes that as a sign she regards them as his slaves, he mutters "Oh?"

Panel 2: Since he's a man from a different era than we are and doesn't see himself as being a paternalistic asswipe, he asks "They are...aren't they?"

Panel 3: The strip most newspaper subscribers will see starts with John talking about taking Jean out for lunch that day and having a long talk.

Panel 4: She's been somewhat depressed lately and he wanted to find out why.

Panel 5: They talked about her childhood, her family, her feelings about her job.

Panel 6: Since he's kind of a clod, he doesn't notice that his telling Elly that he and Jean also talked about her marriage, her worries and feeling about herself are seen as something bad.

Panel 7: Having noticed that she's turned away from him, he asks what's the matter. He gets a very loaded "nothing" for an answer.

Panel 8: He then asks if it's a good thing that he has this sort of in-depth discussion with his co-workers. She says it is.

Panel 9: She just wishes that he'd have that sort of discussion with her. This astonishes him.

Summary: This is probably because he remembers something Elly does not: the fact that he can't say anything that she cannot somehow or other twist into an insult and angrily resent. Since she lacks self-awareness, she doesn't realize that the hair-trigger temper and negativism everyone else but her sees gets in the way of the sort of communication she craves.