dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote in binky_betsy,
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Thursday, 1 September 2011

In today's strip, Anne echoes John's need to not understand right off the bat why Elly is doing volunteer work at the Valley Voice. How she differs is that she understands the part about regaining sanity by talking to human beingsadults instead of horrifying and parasitic semi-human abominations to be feared and hatedchildren.

(Strip Number 4214, Original Publication Date, 2 September 1982)

Panel 1: As she and Elly continue their shopping trip, Anne asks her to tell her about this job she has at the paper.

Panel 2: Elly says it's not really a job; she'll be doing some typing, proof-reading and possibly contribute an article or two.

Panel 3: Anne asks if it bothers her to be working for free; Elly says 'Not really.'

Panel 4: That's because she's been doing it for years; this sort of blanket condemnation of domesticity puzzles Anne.

Summary: It doesn't puzzle me though; Elly's fear of failure and hunger for recognition have always made the life she leads seem as if it's being lived in vain because she doesn't see herself as having a public persona of her own. Given that she's surrounded by men who don't see that she needs one (I'm looking at you, Train Man and Delicate Genius), her agony will never end.
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