October 8th, 2019

Indignant Candiru

Thursday, 10 October 2019

When Elly starts whining about how cruel and unfair her life is, Carol smiles widely as she hints broadly that most people are delighted that the insane woman the dentist married is going to be off the streets for a while.

(Original Publication Date, 11 October 1990)

Panel 1: As one could expect, Elly wants everyone in the whole world to agree that her pregnancy is the greatest tragedy that has ever occurred to anyone or ever will. This manifests itself as her telling Carol to look at her and keen in outraged despair. Carol ain't buying what Elly's selling and tells her that it's wonderful that she's going to have a surplus child.

Panel 2: Having not gotten the answer she wanted, Elly bleats that everyone she knows (which is a small sample base and excludes Anne Nichols anyway) is talking about careers (that she lacks the stamina for) and travel (which she gets to do anyhow) while she is stuck with day care and diaper rash. Carol insists that it really is an exciting time for Elly.

Panel 3: Elly is baffled by the need for people to be happy for her and asks why every time she wants friends to howl and cry and tell her how unfair life is, they instead tell her how lucky she is. Carol explains that they're just happy, that's all.

(Note: Since the next two panels are on top of one another and are meant to set up the joke, I'm naming them something odd. It's like how the porthole Elly will stare out of when threatening to kick Fiona out will be 'Panel 1.5'.)

Panel 4a: When Elly asks her to confirm this, Carol assures her that this is the truth.

Panel 4b: When Carol smiles broadly and says that if it had to happen to one of them, they're happy that it's Elly, Potato Nose is gobsmacked.

Summary: What Elly does not realize or admit is that people tire of her endless complaining about made-up calamities. Seems to me that the wrong d'ast idiot complained about raising a princess.