January 6th, 2010

Snarky Candiru2

Experience: the failed teacher.

As we know, there's eventually going to be a strip that proves that Elly's belief that Phil is deliberately leading Connie on because he's an evil man who wins all the time is, to say the least, mistaken. You see, when Connie got to Montréal, she found out that Phil already had a female commitment; this, of course, was not an indictment of her as a person but simply proof of Elly's comment about how he was not the domestic type she wanted him to be. Second, she wavered between rushing home to be at Lawrence's side and continuing to chase the unicorn; she felt that going home was good advice but didn't know if she'd follow it. Finally, after he'd given her the politest brush-off in Foob history, she bemoaned her folly and asked herself "Who says we learn from experience?" This was, of course, one of the first examples of a theme that dominated the Early and Middle Years: a character would do something stupid, regret it and ask what horrible fate kept them coming back for more punishment. The problem, of course, is that the solution they chose was not to avoid doing what didn't work; the solution was to make a cosmetic change and do the same dumb thing that got them into trouble in the first place. That's why Connie dyed her hair and made a play for Loser Ted and it's why Elly couldn't quit gossipping about her neighbors or stop snapping at her children for breathing.