I fear Mary may be suffering from demntia. She seems utterly unable to remember that just moments ago she pleaded with Lynn to reveal her deep dark secret. Her short-term memory more or less gone, Mary is driven onward by those motivations deeply ingrained by years of continual use--meddling and badgering. If true, this means we will soon be reaching one of two points: 1) the PSA to raise our awareness of those diseases of mental degeneration that the target audience is no doubt suffering from (and upon whom the message will have least effect), or 2) the slow death of Mary Worth, the character. I'm kind of leaning toward the latter, since it will give Karen Moy the opportunity to develop a new meddling character named Mary Worth. This one, however, will be up-to-date, vivacious, and rarin' to go. Given Mary's tendency to relocate as her image is updated, where do you think New Mary will live? What city? What kind of dwelling? Will she be WASP-ish or ethnic? Who will her victims be (primarily)--her neighbors, total strangers, the callers to her mid-afternoon call-in radio show? What will be her favorite haunts (that is, what will replace The Bum Boat)? Will she get a new artist to draw her?Just trying to stir it up a bit, since we'll probably be here another several days while Mary tries to wear Lynn down.By the way, today's strip, with the last panel comment about skating being all that matters now certainly jibes well with my earlier prediction that this was about Lynn's failure to get the half-tuition scholarship to Lake Tranquil Community College. Really, if there's no way to get that Associate's Degree in Dental Hygiene, what is there to live for now, except skating?--wheelhead
I fail to understand why Lynne hesitates to divulge her innermost secrets to a woman whose very existence she was completely unaware of until a few days ago?
wheelhead Mary will never die. As the decades pass she has, if anything, grown more youthful as she feeds on the despair and ennui of her readers.
What is with the chubby, middle-aged men in jeans at the rink. Where is Lynn's choreographer? Stylist? Masseuse? At this level, she'd surely have them. Instead, she is surrounded by what look like railbirds (that is, guys who hang out all day at the track).
The stress of not getting Lynn to divulge her secret is causing Mary severe stress. I fear that she may be on the verge of a breakdown. The fact that she is persisting to the point of obssession in her efforts to get Lynn to open up to her may also signal another medical condition. It could be obsessive / compulsive disorder which, given other quirky behavior seems quite possible; however, I'm going to go with a brain tumor as the root of her behavior. In which case Dr. Jeff can operate on her, saving her life and thus evening the score. Mary will never again be able to throw saving Jeff's life in his face.
Has anyone else noticed that Lynn has failed to make direct eye contact with anyone throughout this entire story so far?Maybe her secret has something to do with how she became blind.....
pandagam,I have noticed the lack of eye contact, I wondered if she had a bad "hog eye". But straight on she seems to have both eyes looking in the same blank, lifeless direction. The truly "blind one" is Mary, I believe the next strip will have her out on the ice on a pair of rental skates shadowing Lynn's every move as she continues to beg for more information.
Hey, wait a minute. The stand are on one side of the boards. Frank and his friend must be standing on the ice, presumably on skates, but that means that Mary is also on skates, and the Lynn is sitting on a bench on the rink lacing 'em up. Awesome.
Stands, I meant.
Two guys in the back... what are they saying to each other? "So Bill, where did you get your stretch waist jeans?"
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