February 12th, 2017

Snarky Candiru2

Monday, 13 February 2017: John Patterson Is WRONG

Lynn is clearly trying to cast John as a chauvinistic creepola preaching the evil gospel of Woman As Unfit Driver when he says that the accident was actually not her fault but the way she set it up makes it look as if he's trying to spare her feelings instead.

(Strip Number 6046, Original Publication Date, 13 February 1988)

Panel 1: We find ourselves at Daly's Garage watching Elly freak out and tell everyone to look at her car.

Panel 2: Ray Daly tells Elly that the snow plow got a couple last night before telling her that they'll get'er all fixed up for her.

Panel 3: Elly tells John that she can't believe it; her car was in one piece yesterday and now, it's all smashed up.

Panel 4: Given that John is never going to know that she drove into a ditch, his comment about how amazing it is that it's not even her fault looks like him being a jerk hiding behind a stereotype to his wife's dismay but is actually something that Lynn didn't intend.

Summary: As I said, John is supposed to be a typical evil, conflict-causing MAN who thinks that women are stupid. What he looks like to me is someone trying to spare her feelings because I know that it kind of IS Elly's fault that her car got smooshed.