Frazz by Jef Mallett for April 15, 2001
"I just finished 'The Old Man and the Sea.' Man, what a downer!" "A downer? That's the most uplifting book I've ever read!" "Uplifting? How?!" "He caught the fish of a lifetime!" "But he lost the fish!" "The sharks took the fish. Big difference." "What? That fish was his fortune! He was left with nothing!" "Nothing, my tailfin. He won the other fishermen's respect." "That and a dollar will get you a cup of coffee..." "It'll get you all you need in a community like that. And you know the boy will take care of him" "Maybe. For about a day, until the old man dies: 'I spat something strange and felt like something in my chest was broken...'" "Well, he was an old man so he dies triumphant." "You mean tragically. Look how he suffered! Or did you miss all the crucifixion allegory!" "You know, Caulfield, there's some argument as to whether Christ's life was ultimately tragic." "Sheesh, now I'm going to have to read it all over again." "Me, too." "Leave him alone, Frazz. He's supposed to be in here to learn something." "Detention"