April 14th, 2013

Snarky Candiru2

Monday, 15 April 2013

We start the birthday party arc proper with Michael being surprised by the idea that getting loot isn't supposed to be what birthday parties are really for.

(Strip Number 592, Original Publication Date, 16 April 1984)

Panel 1: As our story continues, Elly coaches Michael in proper etiquette concerning the reception of his guests who are coming to his birthday party; she begins this by telling him that when his friends come to the door, she wants him to greet them like a civilized human being.

Panel 2: Since she's noticed an unsettling tendency of his to act as if his name is Smeagol Patterson when he's about to get a present, she then tells him she wants him to not just grab at the presents they bring.

Panel 3: While Elly's comment about how getting presents isn't the reason you invite people to a birthday party is a statement you could make in a better world, she ruins the message by pulling that God-damned "Turn her back to Michael and make a face like she smelled something awful" stunt again.

Panel 4: Since Michael was raised ineptly by materialistic hypocrites who don't understand children well at all, his astonishment when he says "It isn't??" is genuine.

Summary: While I don't expect Lynn to have any thoughts about this one, what I do think is happening is Lynn expressing a measure of regret about acting like a greedy jerk when she was a child. I mean, every time Elly lays down the law, she has a fifty-fifty shot of being Ursula's mouthpiece. Elly's by-the-good-book prissiness in Panel 3 makes sense as being a repetition of a line another idiot who didn't live in the real world would say.