Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Mary Worth 157

Children are especially magical. And when we say discouraging things to them like, "It can't be done," or "Impossible," or "Witches and Warlocks should be burned at the stake," they never fully develop their ability to levitate their toys.

Plus, Newton's Law of Universal Gravitation (Every point mass attracts every other point mass by a force pointing along the line intersecting both points. The force is proportional to the product of the two masses and inversely proportional to the square of the distance between the point masses) can discourage their magical ambitions as well.


Anonymous said...

I would contend otherwise, Mary. The experiences of a child during its early formative years have a significant influence over it adult personality. Any changes to personality traits or psychological problems that have been present since childhood require significant time and effort and there is no guarantee of success.

Has not Mary herself remained true to the idea of constantly meddling in other people's lives ever since her own childhood epiphany?

Anonymous said...

The mother witch looks like she's going to cast a spell on Mary and Toby. I wish she would.

Anonymous said...

Toby is brilliant! She figured out how to get Mary to stop with the rambling flahback.
All she had to say was "When I hear your story, I think of the little things that happened in my own past. Things that made a difference but seemed insignificant at the time."

I was sure we were going to see a Little Flashback Toby, which would have been all right with me. I'd love to know what traumatic event caused her to marry the man she did.

But this didn't suit Mary at all. This story had to be about her, not Toby. When she heard those words, she couldn't get off that bench fast enough.

I'm pretty sure this was what Toby planned, though, because she seemed to be pushing Mary off of her lap as she said it.

Anonymous said...

Birdie, do you really think Mary is done with her story? I give it at least another week.

Anonymous said...

drac: You're *such* an optimist! MW's just getting started. Having completed "MW: The Formative Years", we can now endure "MW: The High School Years", "MW: The College Years", etc., etc. ad naseum.

Anonymous said...

Well, at least she managed to get her off her lap. :-) That was getting pretty weird.

Anonymous said...

I'm going to break my scroll bar trying to read the eventual transcript of Mary's soliloquy.

Some time in September, when it's actually over.

Anonymous said...

Ah, yes; Toby thinks that she has dammed Mary's stream of reminiscence but that night as she finishes brushing her teeth and closes the medicine cabinet, the reflection reveals Mary standing behind her.

"Anyway, Toby, as I was saying..."

Ethel Mertz said...

What needs to be shown is (a)the invisible second panel where Mary savagely backhands the child antichrist, shouting "The power of Christ compels you! Then,(b) the third panel where the youngster ecstatically receives The Power of Mary Worth, while Mary gets ready to pocket the demonic "toy", to do God-knows-what with it later.