I’ve kind of been following the classic Peanuts strip that involves Charlie Brown getting sent home early from camp because of something he didn’t actually do. Schulz took an interesting approach with this particular series with how he skips back and forth from Chuck to Peppermint Patty, who often visits Chuck while at summer camp.
While the strip regular has a sense of (profound) sadness about it, this is acutely true for the Charlie Brown/Peppermint Patty strips. Consider the most recent strips, where we finally find what Patty did that got Chuck kicked out of camp.
So two things: first, Patty sees someone that we are never privy to seeing as the audience. Second, upon seeing the little red-haired girl, Patty is crushed. It’s painful and real in a way you just don’t expect in a comic full of kids.
It will be interesting to see how Schulz wrapped this particular story up. I suppose we’ll see the conclusion as the week comes to an end.
(images from gocomics.com)