dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote in binky_betsy,

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

In today's strip, Elly shows off the Halloween costume she spent hours on; the problem, of course, is that Lizzie wants out. We're to be told that she wants to kill the mood because she hates to see Elly happy but her body language suggests that she has a full bladder and no way to relieve it.

(Strip Number 4086, Original Publication Date, 28 October 1981)

Panel 1: We start things off with Elly putting the finishing touches on Lizzie's Halloween costume; as she ties the sash to the Little Bo Peep dress Lizzie's wearing, she asks John what he thinks.

Panel 2: He says that must have taken her hours to sew that costume.

Panel 3: As Lizzie tries to remove the bonnet, Elly tells him that in fact, it took her three days.

Panel 4: Since he notices that Lizzie is trying to take the thing off, he hopes it'll last three houses.

Summary: We have ourselves a poser here; how will Lynn twist the very natural need two year olds have to not wear unfamiliar clothing, in fact their shrinking from the novel, into a conscious attempt to be mean to poor, put-upon Elly? Also, how did I miss the trope about how children aren't meant to find Halloween enjoyable?

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