March 9th, 2020

Snarky Candiru2

Wednesday, 11 March 2020

The one where two women provide Elly with a heaping helping of immoral non-support as they talk about how much pain they were in when they gave birth.

(Original Publication Date, 13 March 1991)

Panel 1: A while later, the lady who gushed about how glad they are that Elly's life has been ruined (whom I'll call Ruth) is talking to another woman named Sarah about her experiences with childbirth. She tells Sarah that she couldn't believe the pain; the (male) doctor told her that she was fully dilated but the baby isn't coming so they roll her into surgery (for an episiotomy); as she does this, she does not notice that Elly's eyes are out on stalks.

Panel 2: Sarah is equally blind to the effect that telling Ruth that the MEN!!! induced her and she spent thirty-six hours in hard labour begging for an epidural and getting a foot-long episiotomy is having on the guest of honour.

Panel 3: Ruth does not see that whining about being sickened by the anaesthetic and not being able to sit down for a month is making Elly feel worse than when she arrived.

Panel 4: Since they don't understand that Elly has nerves, they're the picture of innocence when Ruth praises Carol and Anne for throwing the party because it's important for an expectant mother to have moral support.

Summary: As I said, they would go on to provide more moral support that accidentally triggers her anxieties. Today, it's feeling like she's being asked to delight in discomfort. Ten years from now, it's "You're closer to the sweet release of anonymous Death now....PARTY!!!"