June 26th, 2012

Snarky Candiru2

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

In today's strip, Elly talks about the motive for going to Exile Farm that isn't stepping on relationships: as I said, she has the giddy, sloppy, embarrassing and destructive love of farming that only a city dweller can have and expects her children to join her in marveling at cows, wheat fields and tractors.

(Strip Number 432, Original Publication Date, 29 June 1983)

Panel 1: We find ourselves watching Connie and Elly watching their children playing in the back yard. Connie tells Elly that she can't really see her and John on a farm because they're city slickers.

Panel 2: As the children root around in the dirt, Elly's eyes shine with the sort of idealism only really stupid people have as she tells Connie that the kids will enjoy the experience because they'll see real animals up close as well as seeing grain and vegetables growing.

Panel 3: The distaff Rousseau of Sharon Park Lane almost bursts with glee as she says that she wants her children to get close to nature.

Panel 4: Connie, who's actually been paying attention to what the children have been doing, notices that they're covered in topsoil and asks Elly if she wants them to get closer than they already are.

Summary: Elly seems to be transfixed by the idea that exposing a child to farm life will magically make him or her wonderful. This, of course, is owing to a belief that Nature and farm yards have the magic power to heal psyches she deems to have been corrupted by soft living. The problem with that sort of thinking is that it assumes that farmers are magic too. Liz got the same way about the people of MtigatingCircumstances.