Thursday, July 9, 2009

Thursday, July 9, 2009 Marmaduke Analyzed

Phil brags proudly about Marmaduke's weather forecasting skills, saying that his bark indicates an approaching thunderstorm.

Marmaduke is barking at a bolt of lightning which has bypassed some nearby trees and has struck the grass between them. Phil, appearing drugged, is ignoring his companion and is addressing the readers, saying that "When it thunders there it barks here." After 56 years of living with Marmaduke he has apparently just learned that thunder disturbs dogs. Phil's companion, with pursed lips, seems to be ignoring Phil as well, and is staring at the house, most likely concerned about its leaning.

The hidden message here (if there be one) could lie in the mysterious disappearance of the Winslow's fence, which used to encompass their yard.

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