The philosophical depth of this discussion is too intellectual for me to follow, but I get the suspicion that Mary is subtly grooming Olive for world domination.
Today's full strip
"What if we had less self control, like, say, my parents. You know, that pair of randy hamsters who keep tee-heeing us out of the house?""Ah, but can you not see, Grasshopper..er.. Olive, they give us the opportunity to have these deep philosophical discussions that would bore the living daylights out of a normal child."
If Olive doesn't remove those mittens she's going to spill the contents of that (no longer steaming) cup of whatever all over her purple ensemble.I'm dying to know what too-free free spirit Mary is contemplating. (Note her beady gaze into space!) Donald Trump? I'm so tired of these two and their philosophizing. Does KM believe the stuff she writes?
Freedom's just another word for nuthin' left to lose.
You know, back in the 1800s, Charles Dickens got paid by the word. His serialized stories went on and on and on, but people loved them because:A) there wasn't a lot of other entertainmentB) they were actually engagingC) he was a good writer.So...not at all like this.
So Olive's tummy-brain is for self-regulation and her head-brain is for free spiritedness? Or do I have that backwards?
Olive sounds like a pretentious high-school sophomore.
Psst, Nance -- the paid-by-the-word thing is an urban legend.http://dickens.ucsc.edu/resources/faq/by-the-word.htmlStill, you make an excellent point!
Gina--Sigh. Of course, you're correct. Thank you for your nudge to my Not-So-Secure Memory Banks. That little nugget was hiding behind the real name of George Eliot and the family tree of George Gordon, Lord Byron.(Wonderful Dickens site, btw. Adding it to my Literary Bookmarks.)
Karen Moy gets paid????
Aw, thanks, Nance! :-)
What is in that hot chocolate???
If Mary keeps up this soliloquy on freedom, self-control and limits, I just may have to vote for her in the upcoming presidential primary. Sounds more thought out and intelligent than much of what I've heard in either side's ramblings. Could this be the start of Mary's Third Party candidacy? Marypublican Party? Worthicratic Party?
Mary continues to channel Aristotle, and his peripatetic teaching methods. Instead of walking about the Lyceum, Mary and Olive glide around the skating rink. Where is a truant officer when you need one??
Mary grips the cup more tightly. "Freedom?" she says. "Alas, poor Kelrast! There is more on heaven and earth than are dreamt of in your philosophy, Olive!"
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