I don't know who concerns me more: Toby and Ian unable to communicate about a certain stalker co-ed, or Mary reading Outlander and thinking about her friends.
Does that melting candle symbolize something waning?
An exciting Friday dinner at Charterstone: Mary hoists a glass of root beer while the Camerons push scrambled eggs and old mushrooms around their plates. Passive-aggressive Toby has given Ian a tiny, peculiar utensil.
Toby and Ian aren't looking at each other. Perhaps they're both thinking about their friends, too. June Brigman has a wonderful sense of humor. I'm sure Karen Moy gave her no notes on the panel. June drew the Outlander book as a subversive act of rebellion!
Let's all eat with miniature forks - maybe it's a new dieting technique?
"As Mary wonders about her friends", that's code for "As Mary plots to meddle into her neighbors lives..."
Didn't I already learn here "Outlander" is some TV show? The title of that rag she is reading is illegible enough for me that I thought Mary was reading "Cultlander."R u ok? My sixteen year old still puts a dessert fork out for my youngest when he, on that rare occasion, sets the dinner table. I remind him his brother is 13 and needs a dinner fork.Perhaps this is subtly telling us Toby and Ian's relationship is immature?
"Toby, are you upset about something?"No.""Okay, because you seem upset.""I'm not upset.""Well if something is bothering y....""I JUST SAID I'M NOT UPSET YOU FAT #@&%$+!!, SO YOU CAN GO BACK TO MOONING OVER YOUR LITTLE GROUPIE!!!!!"-- Scottie McW.
Thanks for the LOL, Scottie! I'm thinking the Camerons would do better if they drank their wine in larger glasses, like Mary does.
Please oh please have Ian bring up Janie in tomorrow's strip.... "There are never these uncomfortable pauses when I'm picnicking on the quad with Janie."
As Mary enjoys contemplating the hot semi naked Scotsman on the cover of her book, it occurs to her that perhaps Toby would enjoy the book also.And if she lends Toby the book, it could lead to scenes that I personally would never want to view.(Bare-chested Ian wearing only his brown tweed professor pants?)
Mary’s been reading “Outlander” for months now. Is she a slooow reader, or does she go back and re-read the hot parts. (I’m assuming there are hot parts.)Panel two is also a gift from June. Ian and Toby, enjoying a repast of tripe, garlic cloves, and parsley. I’m so happy June is carrying on Uncle Joe’s tradition of strange and unidentifiable food.
Ian and Toby have absolutely no reason to be giving each other than the silent treatment, other than being two old socks. They have not had a fight or a disagreement other than Toby ridiculing him for thinking a young female student might have been impressed with him as a teacher.
Mary, demonstrating a remarkable ability to multi-task, is supposedly thinking about her friends at the same time she is reading a book and drinking wine. At least one of these activities is not being accomplished 100%, and I'm betting it's not either the wine-drinking or the OUTLANDER ogling...
My husband would have a conniption if I wanted him to eat by the light of one lonely candle. He'd complain that he can't see what he's eating. Although from the looks of those plates, that might not be a bad thing.
Maybe Mary isn't such a slow reader. There's a series of novels called Outlander. A WWII nurse, whose Scottish husband is a history professor (!), is transported to 18th century Scotland, where to survive she marries again. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outlander_(novel)
Given Moy's hesitance in the past to use "real" names (remember Saul Lewman?) I'm surprised that we don't see Mary reading "Outlandish".
Mary's actually reading Outielander. It's about the history of belly buttons.
SATURDAYYesterday Toby was eating with her left hand and drinking with her right hand. Today's she's eating with her right hand and drinking with her left hand. The ongoing illustration discontinuities with this strip have to be deliberate, right?-- S. McW.
Yes, there is a series of Outlander novels which get progressively worse. I don't believe Jamie Fraser is barechested on any of the covers, but perhaps Mary ordered a special unabridged edition.If they were described in a novel, the Cameron's salt & pepper shakers plus waning candle could inspire interesting discussion in a university English class.
@S. McW. at 10.39 a.m., maybe June is telling us that Toby is a two-fisted drinker. Bring on the vodka!
I’m just wondering why the candle has a halo around it. Also why the candlelight? Did Toby forget to pay the electric bill? It’s sure not for romantic purposes.If their marriage is so solid, why are they sitting there like a pair of mummies? It looks like “the old familiars” need to go on a cruise to revive their marriage. Just stay away from singers if they know what’s good for them.
those tiny forks are Brigman's homage to Uncle Joe Giella who always drew Mary and company dining with dollhouse utensils-the suggestive candle with salt and pepper shakers are Ms Brigman's own erotic subliminal touch
SUNDAY: Fish? That was fish? I never would have guessed any kind of fish, let alone fried fish. (How many times can I use the word “fish” in a post before it starts being a nonsense word?)I wonder when the Santa Royale Seafood/Lamb/Muffin diet craze will reach the rest of the country?
Toby gazes lovingly and longingly into her glass of wine in a way she's never looked at Ian.-- S. McW.
A reflection in a wine glass - this is a new wrinkle and a welcome departure from a floating head. We’ll have to see how this develops over the year, and whether a new category for the Worthy Awards presents itself.Ian obviously has never treated himself to the Bum Boat’s fish fry.
There is nothing odd about those salt and pepper shakers. They are Fiesta ware.
Shouldn't there be a "Warning - Objects in glass may be closer than they appear"?
I really want to slap Toby. Is that wrong?
@lmjb1964: Not at all. We all do.
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