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Mary Worth, 10/27/05

If Mary and Jeff’s eternal platitude-laden ramble was free verse, then Mr. Weston’s poignant consideration of this letter this week has been as restrained and precise as a haiku. You have to admire the savvy visual sense that went into composition here: rather than illustrating the sad tale of marital woe that’s being detailed in this missive with representative scenes or episodes, the artists have forced us to stare at Wilbur’s bespectacled, combed-over melonhead all week. Presumably his furrowed brow is meant to convey both the compassion and the wisdom that he’ll soon be bringing to his response. His empathy for others is so boundless and magnetic that, like St. Francis, he draws the little birds close to him as goes about his ministry of meddling.