Originally the line was "sew it shut" but then I thought "clean it out" was a bit more casually gruesome.
I'd love someday to draw out the hack-saw scene just for fun as a little flashback, but for now, envision it however you would like.
My favorite part of this page is probably panel 2, just because it's kind of funny to imagine Joseph imagining what his dad must be picturing.
SO MANY GRUESOME THINGS MENTIONED but not pictured ON THIS PAGE 8OOO
JOSEPH IMAGINING JOSEPH'S DAD IMAGINING JOSEPH FALLING ON THE BLADES SO HE HAS TO BE FIRST CLEANED OUT, THEN SEWN TOGETHER (btw, I think "sew it shut" is more casually gruesome because I imagine a needle coming in and out of the skin, but on the other hand "clean it out" might imply BOTH aaah now I need a paper page to breathe in)
I CAN SEE THE DAILY MAIL HEADLINES
EVEN BETTER, HEADLINES OF THE DAILY MAIL OF THOSE TIMES
...okay, I'm done. The sad part is Joseph and his family would have it all going so much easier in these days (assuming Joseph had some similar condition that couldn't be treated NOW), but back in those times, being a an adult, being a bloke, staying at your childhood home and being told to go sit in the kitchen and use the safety scissors - that must have hurt.
And at the same time I sort of understand where his father is coming from, especially with their other child being, y'know, AT WAR. :C
These father son moments. I'm going to cry.
@Oly-RRR: Hahahahahhaa I felt "clean it out" was grosser because I imagine Mr. Harper using some undelicate tweezers (or his own bare hands) to pick around and remove debris from the wound D:>>> THOUGH PERHAPS HE THEN STITCHED IT AFTERWARD EHE euhhhhh
ahahahahahahahhahaa I love our Fake Daily Mail Headlines That Are Indiscernible From Real Ones!!!!
Yeah I agree!! I mean even just in terms of Joseph having more to do, though I don't see him even if he had grown up in our times being big on video games or anything like that, but it's more likely he would have been able to find some type of sport or other organization to make use of himself in. (<--- his opinion, not necessarily mine ;) ) But yeah, I'd like to show some more flashbacks of the family dynamic before Uly went away, because you're right in that the looming threat of him, you know, not coming home really IS affecting how the parents feel about Joseph and cranking the overprotectivness up several levels.
@Squirreltastic-Blue: That.... that is so beautiful. Thank you for sharing this work of art with me.