December 1st, 2016

Snarky Candiru2

Friday, 2 December 2016

Elly might suffer from terminal dowdiness and congenital stupidity but even she can see the competition when it's staring her in the face.

(Strip Number 4901, Original Publication Date, 4 December 1987)

Panel 1: As he tries to talk her into liking the car, John tells Elly to do something she can't and look at things from another person's perspective: the perspective of a man crowding forty who needs more excitement in his life than a bitter, angry fishwife who throws coffee cups and wails about imaginary ten pounds can provide him. She does not sympathize with this step because of the fear of speed I keep harping on.

Panel 2: He says that's she's got LUXURY, POWER and STYLE before imploring her to look at her lines and admire how powerful, fast and loaded she is.

Panel 3: He then says that she's everything he ever dreamed of.

Panel 4: Elly points out the obvious when she says that the car is 'the other woman'.

Summary: What John never quite manages to get is that Elly is terrified of one thing most of all: being cast adrift for a more appealing model.