dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote in binky_betsy,

Friday, 29 April 2011

Today's strip is predicated on the fact that Phil is sort of hazy on the fact that people like John and Elly keep different hours than he does. It also makes me a tad uneasy because I don't want to admit that I feel sorry for John or Elly.

(Strip Number 256, Original Publication Date, 30 April 1982)

Panel 1: As our story continues, we find John and Elly in bed; their sleep is rudely interrupted by sound effects that remind us that Lynn thinks very little of her brother's vocation. In response, John murmurs "Huh? Wha-whassat?" in an effort to find out what the unsound effects signify.

Panel 2: Elly tells him that it's Phil; it seems that he likes to practice his trumpet before going to sleep.

Panel 3: An outraged John looks at an alarm clock and half-way hollers "At three o'clock in the morning??"; this makes Elly's eyes bug out.

Summary: My eyes are bugging out as well; that's because you'd think that this is something she should have warned John about beforehand so that the three of them could sit down and work out an acceptable compromise. I also anticipate a passive-aggressive annotation that tells us that Lynn is convinced that Alan should have given up the trumpet and gotten a respectable job.

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