For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston

For Better or For Worse

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  1. TEMPLO S.U.D.

    TEMPLO S.U.D. said, over 2 years ago

    Nice to know you you showed being sentimental, Reverend, AND for making a pun.

  2. ORMouseworks

    ORMouseworks said, over 2 years ago

    Elly, why didn’t you just ask the reverend to turn off your vent…you told yourself to do it…I guess it’s difficult for you to confront someone. I should talk! ;)

  3. dsom8

    dsom8 said, over 2 years ago

    Ah, the dilemma of how to be courteous in the face of rudeness, real or perceived. Simply reaching up and adjusting one’s own vent would seem to be a better approach, but let’s see how Lynn tells the story.

  4. Macushlalondra

    Macushlalondra said, over 2 years ago

    Maybe it’s better this way. Elly could say she thought the man may need the extra air and she didn’t mind putting her coat on and was being considerate. But it’s no usually men who need all that extra air but women when we go through the change!

  5. sleeepy2

    sleeepy2 said, over 2 years ago

    It’s nice to see a daily strip end with Elly smiling (she’s usually showing varying levels of exasperation).

  6. lightenup

    lightenup said, over 2 years ago


    I agree. There’s never a good answer to a situation like this. You’re right, maybe the man needed some air more than she didn’t want it, so what’s the harm in putting on her coat?
    Most of the time it just depends on who you’re dealing with. Some can handle direct confrontation, others need some gentle, indirect words. How can you tell? Better to err on the side of politeness.

  7. JanCinLV

    JanCinLV said, over 2 years ago


    Those little vents are directional. The one over Elly would not have given the reverend any extra air.

  8. route66paul

    route66paul said, over 2 years ago

    Canuckians get cold?

  9. aircraft-engineer

    aircraft-engineer said, over 2 years ago


    just point it at yourself – they provide directional air

  10. exturk

    exturk said, over 2 years ago

    You never know who will be your seat partner(s).
    In 1965 when I boarded the Canadian at Winnipeg (destination Medicine Hat & Lethbridge) I really lucked out!
    Sitting next to a lady about my age!
    She was at least an 8.5
    Very pleasant
    Probably single?
    A pleasure to around.

  11. exturk

    exturk said, over 2 years ago

    -And getting off at Portage La Prairie – the next stop!

  12. dsom8

    dsom8 said, over 2 years ago

    Those nozzles do typically have enough range of motion that the person in the center seat could obtain a draft from all three. And the reverend looks like a larger-bodied gent, with a coat, so that he might appreciate a little more air. His seat mates might also appreciate the cooler air around him. That being said, common courtesy would dictate that he at least ask before using either nozzle but his own.

    And perhaps in reality (as opposed to a comic strip), he would have made those adjustments prior to the other occupants of the row boarding the plane. But then we readers would not get to see Elly’s predicament.

    Maybe Lynn Johnston should have written a book instead of drawing comics. She could have explained all those little details.

  13. Coffee-Turtle

    Coffee-Turtle said, over 2 years ago

    {face palm}

  14. dsom8

    dsom8 said, over 2 years ago

    I was suggesting that she could have used a different original genre, not a behind-the-scenes explanation of the genre she chose. Different genres provide different capabilities, and it is unfair to judge one by the characteristics of another. Thus, a novelist can go into great detail about when a person adjusted an air vent and what and why he saw in a garment; a 4-panel cartoonist has extremely limited ability to do the same. Nor is the the goal the same. In a 4-panel strip, setting up the pun is all that is needed. Leave the “whys” for the novelist or short-story writer.

  15. comicsssfan

    comicsssfan said, over 2 years ago

    I’ve noticed that no one even makes pure wool overcoats anymore unless you pay a huge amount of money. Now they’ve got at least some polyester or nylon mixed into the fabric.

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