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  1. he’s making up an excuse for why he can’t pay attention in class. She won’t have it and points out he can do more homework as he used seasons as an excuse in the winter. He’s surprised she has such a good memory for someone who frequently loses her keys. Frazz points out that she doesn’t deal with her lost the keys by making up places as Caulfield deals with not wanting to perform by making up reasons.

  2. I thought Frazz’s analogy meant that just as Caulfield was inventing a spontaneous excuse, his teacher invented a spontaneous counterpoint that undermined his reasoning.

  3. She doesn’t have a good memory, she just pretended that Caufield said that in December. In contrast, there’s no point in pretending she knows where her care keys are, so she doesn’t do that.

    For Caufield not to realize that she made up the December quote isn’t really in line with how I expect these characters to behave, but this is the only way I can see that Frazz’s last line makes sense.

  4. “For Caufield not to realize that she made up the December quote isn’t really in line with how I expect these characters to behave”

    Are you one of the people who complains that Caulfield isn’t believeable because he doesn’t seem like a ten-year-old? A ten-year-old who makes as many excuses (and attempts as many side-trips in class) as Caulfield does can’t keep track of them all months later…

  5. WW’s explanation matches my interpretation. I was wondering if I was going to see the strip here, as it’s more subtle and quick-thinking than usual for her.

  6. Mrs. Olsen is actually very smart and extremely empathetic, but she’s also a teacher who has to be a disciplinarian. Remember a few years ago when she and the other faculty outsmarted Caulfield into doing the summer reading by making him think he was tricking them?

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