dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote in binky_betsy,

Saturday, 1 October 2011: John Patterson Must Die.

We come to the real end of the arc with a reminder that John did not pull his own weight as a parent in the first few years of the strip.

(Strip Number 4237, Original Publication Date, 2 October 1982)

Panel 1: It's another night at the Pattermanse so we find John and Elly in bed; John asks her if Anne's baby makes her want to be a young mother again. (Translated into English, that's "Does what happened to Anne mean you're now thinking about having a third child?")

Panel 2: She says that it does because all the old feelings come back.

Panel 3: He then reminds her of all the endless nights where they walked the floor.

Panel 4: Since Elly doesn't remember him being there for her emotionally or physically when she needed help comforting sick and frightened children, she looks at him with disgust as he justifies himself by saying that he got up at least twice.

Summary: Since John is pre-programmed to not see that he's not supportive in the least, he's probably going to die convinced that Elly's anger is due to the woman hormones affecting her tiny woman brain instead of his being a smug God-damned rat who thought that it was her job to go slowly nuts trying to comfort children with no one to comfort her.

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