ETA: gingersnaps15 wins an envelope of Northern Canadian Air. That's because Elly interprets John's attempts to spare her feelings in the most negative light possible. Again.
Panel 1: It's late at night and John is kept awake by Elly's snoring.
Panel 2: Since he can't sleep anyway, he gets out from under the covers and sits on the bed.
Panel 3: After the alarm clock goes off, Elly says that she had a restless night last night. John concurs.
Panel 4: He said that she'd tossed and turned so much, he was tempted to sleep on the couch.
Panel 5: He parts company with the truth by saying that she talked in her sleep instead of saying that she snored. This is perhaps because he thinks he's sparing her feelings.
Panel 6: She asks him what she said.
Panel 7: He says that he has no idea.
Panel 8: She thought-bubbles that he never listens to her.
Summary: We're supposed to hate John but let's be honest, here. The man thought he was doing the right thing by not telling Elly she snored like a bandsaw. In any event, he'd have been treated like crap if he'd told the truth anyway. She wouldn't have believed him if he'd told her she snored.