dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

On the end of the trip.

I think that the most interesting strip in this whole sequence of John taking his little trip so he can leave Elly in the lurch arrives after he gets home. As Mike tells Gordo, Darryl and Brian what happened to him, Elly tells them not to disturb John because he's bed-ridden for some reason. When Mike asks what ails him, our boy thought-bubbles that mostly, he's suffering from some sort of humiliation. A normal person would probably assume that his forgetting elementary boating safety because he and Phil succumbed to panic might be what he's feeling low about.

That does sort of make sense because he and Phil wound up looking like two dumb jerks from the city who didn't know what they were doing and feeling the burn of having the locals deride them for their epic failure. As far as I know, neither of them go back there because the idea of being laughed at for being two dumb motherhubbards who should have hired a competent guide instead of witlessly risking their lives makes returning there untenable.

This talk of 'guides' is, of course, not the only instance in which their fragile little egos make the whole thing into a humiliation they can never live down. This is because before things started, someone who wasn't supposed to know what she was talking about did while at the same time revealing that someone who was didn't. Since one of the things he wanted to get away from was Elly being right about his heading for a fall, John simply couldn't face the neighbors for weeks because he fears and hates being laughed at when he makes a fool of himself. Eventually, he finds a way of getting away from it all without going anywhere when he gets that damned train fixation. For now, though, he's going to be "Panicky Idiot Number Two."
Tags: john - grinning weirdo

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