dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote in binky_betsy,

Sunday, 8 August 2010

In the normal course of events, we could expect to see Lizzie trying to see if Mike's unit was detachable; given that people might object, we're probably in for something from earlier in 1981.

And I'm right; it's another example of John refusing to take Elly's complaints about his wardrobe seriously.

(Strip Number 6654, Original Publication Date, 26 July 1981)

Panel 1: We start out with Hot-Dog Fingered Elly asking John what he's putting on; that's because he's putting on a ratty old jacket that's seen better decades.

Panel 2: He reminds us of this by saying that he believes that they call it a sports jacket.

Panel 3: She says that he's NOT going out in that jacket; his Gorey-eyed response is, of course, "Why not?"

Panel 4: She points out that for one thing, his hands come right through the lining.

Panel 5: He hollers that he refuses to part with the damned thing way too loud.

Panel 6: He then switches from disproportionate anger to wounded pride as a debating tactic by pointing out that it might not have class but it does have convenience.

Panel 7: For example, he can make sure his belt is done up and his shirt is tucked in.

Panel 8: And he can scratch himself in complete privacy.

Panel 9: As he saunters off to make people what's wrong with his wife that she lets him dress like a hobo, Elly tells us that at least she cannot be accused of marrying for status.

Summary: What she can be accused of is not having something sufficiently heavy at hand to heave at him; a coffee cup or two to the skull will adjust John's attitude pretty good. I kid, of course; in a few years, she'll be so glad that he has the railroad bug that she'll let him dress like a fool just to keep him happy.

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