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Mary Worth: Facing the fate of dinosaurs?

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Is Mary Worth about to face her greatest battle?

Subtle literary techniques like metaphor, synecdoche and foreshadowing aren't often part of a two or three-panel comic like "Mary Worth," but today's episode of ol' lady Worth's comic serves up alternate meaning in spades: As our septuagenarian protagonist canoodles with a male counterpart likely her match in years, we can't help but notice a rack of dinosaur bones surrounding them.

Is this a signal of the characters' impending demise? We have to think so. Mary is no spring chicken. Indeed, in this current story-line, she looks more haggard and wrinkled than usual, her heavy makeup and intense rouge betraying the layers of wrinkled skin just hovering underneath. And is anyone fooled by this budding relationship she seems to have wth the elder gent accompanying her? These two are so old we doubt even two packs of Cialis would have much of an effect.

Like those giant reptile bones, Mary's life is largely picked clean. We expect her to disappear into a tar pit, preserved lovingly so scholars of "Blondie," "Curtis" and other ancient "funnies" can study her at some future date to learn more about the distant past.

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