|Saturday, March 19, 2011|
|Panel 1: In
the title panel of this Sunday-style colour comic, Barbara ponders a
student paper that appears to be entitled "Margaret Atwoods Happy
Ending's as Ironic." Someone has corrected the many errors in this
title with red pen and added the notations "West of Bathurst" and "by
Panel 2: Barbara and Marie are sitting at a table. Barbara has arranged a large number of student essays into piles.
Marie: You seem to have a system.
Barbara: It's very complex.
Barbara: Once I finish marking a paper, I put it in a specific pile. This, for instance, is where an essay goes if it contains--despite its ten-page length--exactly five paragraphs.
Barbara: Here are all the papers featuring the word "thusly." Here are those written by students who don't know how to use apostrophes.
Barbara: These ones start with enormous generalisations; these ones are so garbled that I honestly have no idea what they're about. These two here are in pink font on green paper. I think they were written by twins.
Marie: Impressive, but what's the point?
Barbara: This way, I know which ones to weep over, which to mock, and which to consign for all eternity to the fiery bowels of Hell.
Marie: Good system.
Alt-Text: I've certainly had essays done in pink ink ("My computer ran out of black") before. I've also had essays on coloured paper. Mercifully, I've never seen a combination of the two. Yet.