March 7th, 2020

Snarky Candiru2

Monday, 9 March 2020

The first strip in the baby shower arc is the one where Elly is horrified by what she considers to be an ambush.

(Original Publication Date, 11 March 1991)

Panel 1: We find ourselves at the Enjo house for one of the last arcs in which Carol is a featured player when she invites Elly in for a cuppa coffee. Elly thanks her for this.

Panel 2: As she takes off her coat, she says that she's glad Carol invited her over because she doesn't get out as much as she used to these days; she then sets up the punchline by saying that it feels as if everyone has forgotten her.

Panel 3: As they walk past what Lynn thinks Japanese artwork looks like, Carol says that she has something to say about that.

Panel 4: She has the help of everyone Elly knows saying it: "SURPRISE!!!"

This is because Elly is the clearly unhappy guest at a baby shower the shocked look on her face says that she doesn't want.

Summary: As she endures the Shower From Hell, we get to see why Elly fears and hates celebrating milestones. In this instance, she thinks she's being asked to celebrate pain and discomfort and racing around being tied down while everyone else is free and not a prisoner.