Forgiven for what, exactly?

Cidu Bill on Oct 15th 2017

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16 Responses to “Forgiven for what, exactly?”

  1. Powers Oct 15th 2017 at 01:12 pm 1

    She found the means and ability to forgive Brad for taking her telescope. It’s easy when you have proof he never did it.

  2. Cidu Bill Oct 15th 2017 at 01:32 pm 2

    That’s my point: I don’t think hat word means what she thinks it means.

    And Dad DeGroot is equally ignorant, apparently.

  3. Andréa Oct 15th 2017 at 02:29 pm 3

    SHE apologizes (to Brad for accusing him); HE forgives (LuAnn for accusing him).

  4. John Small Berries Oct 15th 2017 at 02:55 pm 4

    By not actually having taken the telescope, he caused her to unjustly accuse him of something - and then compounded that injury by later forcing her to realize that she’d unjustly accused him, when she found it again.

    If he HAD taken the telescope, her accusation would have been genuinely righteous, and there would be no later realization of error.

    So it’s all his fault, really - but she’s magnanimous enough to forgive him for that.

  5. James Pollock Oct 15th 2017 at 04:22 pm 5

    Brad was the sort of big brother for whom an accusation of taking a prized possession, answered by a flat denial of guilt, was likely to indicate that he was guilty.

    This exact incident wasn’t on him, but there were enough that were that she didn’t believe it.

    I was the sort of big brother who got up very early one Christmas morning, went downstairs, took all of my sister’s Christmas loot, hid it, and replaced it with lumps of charcoal. Then I went back to bed.

    There was also the time I snuck into my sister’s room, hung a teddy bear, and left a suicide note in the bear’s name.

    But just swiping things? Nah.

  6. fleabane Oct 15th 2017 at 05:24 pm 6

    I think the word she wants is “absolved”.

  7. larK Oct 15th 2017 at 06:57 pm 7

    Well, maybe Dad’s thinking Brad will forgive her for falsely accusing him, so she’s gonna get some forgiveness — though you’d think Dad would know Brad better (or has Brad become a better person now having grown up and all?)

  8. Kevin Oct 15th 2017 at 11:54 pm 8

    From merriam-webster:

    To forgive is to give up resentment of or claim to requital to.

    Luann has found forgiveness because she no longer resents her brother for stealing her mini-microscope. Grant he was innocent but she did not know that and still had the resentment.

  9. Powers Oct 16th 2017 at 08:43 am 9

    Kevin’s got it. Do you all think you can’t forgive someone for something he didn’t do?

  10. padraig Oct 16th 2017 at 09:12 am 10

    The corollary from Robert Heinlein: “If in the course of a family argument you find out you’re correct, apologize immediately.” Took me years to figure that out. Basically you never win a family argument, so the smart thing to do is forgive the transgressor if you’re wrong, and apologize if you’re right.

  11. mitch4 Oct 16th 2017 at 10:00 am 11

    But she knows now. So “forgive” is not the perfect word. This is sort of why prisoners insisting on their innocence may be less than thrilled about accepting a “pardon”. Would “absolve” work any better? Or tell him he’s … “exculpated”??

  12. Olivier Oct 16th 2017 at 10:47 am 12

    Rehabilitated ?

  13. Mitch4 Oct 16th 2017 at 11:13 am 13

    Hmm no Olivier - - tho we could see his reputation has been rehabilitated, but if he himself were rehabilitated that would have to mean or at least suggest that he was in need of correction.

  14. Winter Wallaby Oct 16th 2017 at 11:22 am 14

    While “forgiveness” isn’t logically the right word here, the meaning in context is clear enough here that the conversation scans perfectly well for me.

  15. Kilby Oct 16th 2017 at 12:06 pm 15

    The sappy, moralistic tone of this comic has been bugging me ever since I read it here for the first time, but just now I noticed that there is one minor detail that is a nice twist: instead of writing an innocuous letter (or whatever), in the first panel the father has inscribed the sheet of paper with the author’s signature and the date.

    P.S. Having now read the comic for the umpteenth+1 time, it’s still sappy and moralistic. Ugh.

  16. Olivier Oct 17th 2017 at 02:44 am 16

    Mitch4 : thanks for the distinction.

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