Oh god, what now.
So Frank is going to sacrifice his dreams to fulfill his dad’s. I wonder, is he going to force himself into a straight marriage with a woman he can’t possibly love so that he too can have children to “never regret?”
Which, of course, raises questions about the recently deceased.
As to? The way Frank’s father put it, he might have considered giving up the farm to pursue his dream to become a dancer, father’s father’s legacy or no, but he fell in love and lo and behold, had a family to take care of. There was nothing in there that indicated that Frank’s father was forced or forced himself into a “straight marriage”.
But I do wonder why Frank speaks of his father’s “dream” when he knows full well that the farm was never his father’s dream, that his father, too, against his own dreams, was just continuing a legacy. A failing, indebted, laborious legacy that nobody really ever seemed to have wanted in the first place (except, perhaps the founder of the thing, Frank’s great-grandfather).
Oh! An epiphany? What wish did you come up with, Lee? Inquiring minds want to know…!
I really hope Lee’s not thinking, “My wish should be for the farm not to stand anymore so Frank can be free”.
It COULD be done positively. Wish for a buyer for the land. Frank *might* be convinced by someone with the ways and means (AND FUNDS TO INVEST) who could turn the farm around while also taking it off the family’s hands. Maybe.
Maybe he realizes that he should wish for a magic cow so the farm is easily saved. Maybe make it a magic cow which also lays golden eggs? Would prolly convince Frank that talking cats are real, too!
Frank, you’re an idiot. You’re gonna regret this your whole damn life if you do this. Your father’s dead, nobody would disagree if you decided to give up the failing farm. don’t ruin your own and your siblings’ lives by becoming a frustrated man who cannot find any happyness because of ‘duty’ and therefor will not grant anyone else happiness, since he himself never was allowed to have it.
I trust Kori to give the tale a twist to happiness without Lee burning the farm down, but in reality people like Frank, living their parents dreams, end up catching water with a sieve – no success to speak of (isn’t the farm crumbling anyhow?), and the relationship with the people they sacrificed their own dreams for could be poisoned, turned bitter for a wasted life.
To put the familiy before anything else is glorified (and needed!) in many times and cultures, and very often there isn’t a honorable way out. Still, the the price is high!
“They all deserve to die. Even you, Mrs. Lovett, even I.” – Lee
Hmm, I never foresaw him becoming a barber…
Frank, no. Lee, don’t destroy the farm. Sam, you look fantastic in your vest.
Frank’s dad wanted to be a dancer. He was full of sweet lemon rationalization about the family farm. The rest of his family had the good sense to move back to Japan. I have seen too many family farms fail because of stubborn men who can’t see the writing on the wall. It is a hard life with a large family. It is an impossible life with one person doing most of the work. His sister and trans-brother are not interested in keeping the farm. Remember your father in another way Frank. Just be the best person you can be.
You don’t have to mention that Sam is trans.
I meant no offense. Since it is unclear where Sam is in the process of this profound change, the nonsense of gender labelling rears it’s ugly head. If I were to say “sister” that would be insulting if Sam is truly committed to the transformation. If I were to say “brother” and Sam is reconsidering the transformation, I once again would offend. Perhaps, I should have just said “other sibling.” I am willing to listen to suggestions.
Those last three panels- Is that Lucky ready to pop out and remind Frank about the other possibilities? Inquiring minds want to know…
My money’s on him wishing Frank’s father was alive and well…
Sam doesn’t really look all that pleased at his brother’s decision to keep running the farm. And really, it looks like a dead end right now for this family. It’s a dilemma for Frank: He won’t be free to decide upon and pursue his own life until the farm’s been sold and done with, but he feels so dedicated to his father’s legacy, that he would do everything in his power to prevent the farm from going bankrupt.
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