dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote in binky_betsy,

Saturday, 11 June 2011

In today's strip, we remind ourselves that schoolchildren don't quite regard their teachers as being fully human. It's sort of too bad that Coffee Talk doesn't normally run on Saturday; that means that we'll have to wait until Monday for all the letters from people who thought that their teachers lived in the school.

(Strip Number 272, Original Publication Date, 12 June 1982)

Panel 1: We find Gordo, Mike and Lawrence relaxing in the shade of a tree; Gordon starts things off by reminding them that he can hardly wait to get out of school.

Panel 2: Mike seconds that emotion and then wonders what teachers do during the summer.

Panel 3: Gordon assumes that they prob'ly lie in the sun, swim, garden, go fishing like everyone else.

Panel 4: This baffles Lawrence enough to make him ask "You mean like NORMAL people??"

Summary: The reason that this throws him and Mike for a loop is that they cannot wrap their heads around the fact that an adult who doesn't indulge their whims isn't sitting around his or her dungeon plotting new ways to torment the children he or she obviously hates; the idea that Teacher is an ordinary mortal with hopes, dreams and fears is something they can't allow themselves to imagine. It's hard to resent someone who's simply doing a job, you see.

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