dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote in binky_betsy,

Friday, 25 March 2011

In today's strip, Mike alarms Elly by actually looking on the bright side of being disciplined. The reason, of course, is that she's listening to the sort of nonsense she told her parents and the reversal confuses and probably angers her.

(Strip Number 236, Original Publication Date, 26 March 1982)

Panel 1: We find ourselves at the Pattermanse with Mike holding a piece of paper and, as Elly looks on, complaining "Lines, lines, lines! 'I must not talk in class, I must be on time...'; oh, brother!"

Panel 2: Elly tells him that Mrs Hardacre is probably hoping he'll learn something.

Panel 3: Since he really doesn't see why talking in class or being a bit late will, as his drill-instructor-slash-teacher says, cause civilization to collapse, he tries to figure out what that might be.

Panel 4: His happy realization that his printing has improved doesn't much please Elly; in fact, it somewhat surprises her.

Summary: It shouldn't, though; that's because she's on the receiving end of the excuses and refusals to get Teacher's point that she subjected Jim and Marian to, Then again, she might just now have realized how much she bothered her parents by saying stuff like this.

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