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Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Today's strip is yet another example of Elly getting blindsided by an obvious comeback to her endless bitching. Let's see how Lynn misinterprets this.

(Strip Number 264, Original Publication Date, 26 May 1982)

Panel 1: It would seem that Mike went to the store to get a popsicle; that's because he's holding one when Elly tells him that he's filthy; he says he knows but he can't help it. I believe him because he's a seven year old boy who's reasonably active.

Panel 2: Since Elly was never seven years old, she's sincere when she declares that of course he can; after all, you don't see her getting covered in dirt just going to the store and back.

Panel 3: She then asks him why he can't stay clean.

Panel 4: Since he's a child, his answer is that of a child; he tells her that he's closer to the ground than she is. Since his answer was not whatever it was she expected (possibly "I get dirty because I hate seeing you happy."), she looks like she got hit on the head with a two-by-four.

Summary: Those of you who think that I'm being too hard on Elly should note that this is what I'm talking about when I say that she's forgotten what being a child was like. First, she makes a comparison that doesn't really make any sense and then she gets confused because Mike doesn't answer her question with either an apology for being a child or by confirming her suspicion that he's trying to destroy her. What we thus have is a woman who doesn't understand children and doesn't seem to want to learn how feeling frustrated because she can't keep up with her amazingly average kids.
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