dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote in binky_betsy,
dreadedcandiru2
dreadedcandiru2
binky_betsy

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

In today's strip, Elly is martyred because her child is ill and "demands" sympathy instead of riding it out like she's "supposed" to.

(Strip Number 3997, Original Publication Date, 29 April 1981)

Panel 1: We start with a rather depressing image; Lizzie, who's holding on to her stuffed bunny, is on the couch crying softly as she tries to sleep.

Panel 2: We pan out to see Elly in the kitchen reading the paper; she thought-bubbles "The house sure is quiet when a kid is sick." My response: her name is Elizabeth and she's crying because her parents are shunning her like a leper.

Panel 3: As she stands over her, Elly says to herself "This is the one time I prefer the noise." This looks touching but since Elly seems to not want to do what a normal person would do and comfort her child, my gut tells me that she only wants Lizzie to get well again so she can stop exerting herself by having to pretend to care.

Summary: It's strips like this that Kool-Aid Nation points to when they tell us that the Pattersons aren't hateful jerks; while I can see where they'd get that impression, the Patterswine's palpable relief at being able to get back to normal and stop caring about the well-being of those around them tells me otherwise.
Subscribe

  • It Better End Soon: A Placeholder

    Since it's too early for her to gripe and moan about Halloween itself, I wonder what twee gibberish and White Person Problem will overwhelm Sarah…

  • Friday, 29 October 2021

    The one where Elly forgets that when you have a toddler, you have to adapt to her schedule. Synopsis: Elly interrupts nap-time to fit April for a…

  • Thursday, 28 October 2021

    The one where Elly talks about the high cost of performative martyrdom. Synopsis: John and Elly compare notes about what they like about Autumn.…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 43 comments

  • It Better End Soon: A Placeholder

    Since it's too early for her to gripe and moan about Halloween itself, I wonder what twee gibberish and White Person Problem will overwhelm Sarah…

  • Friday, 29 October 2021

    The one where Elly forgets that when you have a toddler, you have to adapt to her schedule. Synopsis: Elly interrupts nap-time to fit April for a…

  • Thursday, 28 October 2021

    The one where Elly talks about the high cost of performative martyrdom. Synopsis: John and Elly compare notes about what they like about Autumn.…