dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote in binky_betsy,

Sunday, 29 August 2010

In today's strip, Elly's worrying about her appearance somehow or other leads to Mike comparing laugh lines to parentheses.

(Strip Number 7091, Original Publication Date, 16 August 1981)

Panel 1: We start off with Elly sitting around moping and thought-bubbling that she guesses that she's got to face the facts.

Panel 2: As she stares a horrified stare, she thought-bubbles that it's true.

Panel 3: She really is looking old. (This is where a man from Saint John, New Brunswick who is twelve years or so older than she is here thought-bubbles "Bullshit.")

Panel 4: The whiny little dolt tells herself that she has to accept that she's no longer 'young'.

Panel 5: She then whines to herself that she wishes it didn't matter or that she didn't care about it.

Panel 6: About then, Mike walks into the room and asks her what she's looking at.

Panel 7: She sets up the punchline by telling him she's looking at the lines on her face.

Panel 8: He asks what's wrong with them because he likes them.

Panel 9: It's like her smile has brackets around it. Judging from the bug-eyed glare she's got, she doesn't think that he's paid her a compliment.

Summary: First off, her constant fretting about her appearance never really stopped; even at the end of days, she never really accepted the fact that she wasn't hideously old and fat. Second, her telling other people to not fret about their looks is rank hypocrisy. One would expect Liz to pop up and tell her that she learned whining about being ugly and unpopular by watching her.

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