One moment, the foobs were in a teal-and-lavender monstrosity of a wedding, and the next they were propelled back into the past. But it was a different version of the past. What happened?
First off, no one forced Elly to waste her time cleaning that I noticed. Second, it looks to me that Clio's suggestion that John is simply saying the things he does to spare her feelings. Instead of simply reminding her that she's a whiny idiot with no staying power, he poses as the Abominable No-Man and forbids her from embarrassing herself in a public setting. That way, she gets to maintain the delusion that she can do things and has someone to hate.
There's something very Glengarry-Glenross about this strip.
I love the way you've made fun of the Coffee Talkers.
The truly sad part is, Elly will never realize she inflected 99% of the camping trips trials on herself. She never asks for help. She does tasks I have never seen anyone do 24/7 while camping. She ignores her children. She loathes the husband this was supposedly a chance to connect romantically with.Elly loves misery more than she desires enjoyment. That's the only explanation.
dc2:That way, she gets to maintain the delusion that she can do things and has someone to hate.Elly and her avatar Emmy both thrive on having someone to hate. ;)
Cedar:There's something very Glengarry-Glenross about this strip.I saw that film years ago, but my memory of it is pretty vague. I'll have to rent it some time and watch it again. :)
Muzition:I love the way you've made fun of the Coffee Talkers.Thanks--I was hoping the CT mockery would come across!
Anonymous:Elly loves misery more than she desires enjoyment. That's the only explanation.Yup--that's the paradox. Unhappiness is what makes her happy. Or if not the unhappiness itself, then the opportunity to complain about the unhappiness and issue blame for it.
Emmy is an imitation of Elly who is an imitation of Lynn. I think what you have presented reflects the eventual change in the strip. Early Elly did lots of exasperated looks and slow burns, when John did something annoying. As time went on, those were rare events compared to the moments with Elly shrieking her rage at the situation. Emmy is already at the shrieking her rage point. Emmy is the future of Elly as expressed by Elly in her comic strip. I wonder if Elly was the future of Lynn as expressed in her comic strip?
howtheduck:I wonder if Elly was the future of Lynn as expressed in her comic strip?Quite possible and also terrifying.
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