dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote in binky_betsy,

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Today's strip has Elly feeling totally defeated because, try as she might, she can't get Lizzie's gloves on properly. Seriously. That's the 'joke'.

(Strip Number 4096, Original Publication Date, 1 December 1981)

Panel 1: We start off with Elly trying to get Lizzie ready to go out; she's got her in a coat, scarf and cap with snowflakes on it and she's trying to STRUGGLE-PUSH-FUMBLE her gloves on.

Panel 2: The WRIGGLE-PUSH-STRUGGLE-PUSH unsound effects remind us that Elly is continuing to try to force the glove on; the fact that she isn't succeeding immediately horrifies her.

Panel 3: As she averts her gaze from the horror that is a glove that doesn't fit the hand it's meant to go on, Elly moans that she gives up.

Summary: Elly doesn't have too much grit, does she? All it takes to get her wiped out and stressed out is trying to fit a glove that's too small onto the hands of a growing child. I'm sure that the notes will be all about how unfair it is that her children didn't warn her in advance when they were about to outgrow their clothes. When one notices that Elly is stubbornly trying to fit gloves on hands most people would put mittens on simply because they match the hat, it's hard to feel sorry for her; that's not to say that we aren't going to be deluged with sympathy for the incompetent.

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