For those who complained that the reference to Raymond J. Johnson Jr. last week wasn’t obscure enough…

We now have to deal with Morte’s allusion to Le Morte D’Arthur by Thomas Mallory. Literally translated from Middle French, “Le Morte D’Arthur” means, “The Death of Arthur” – although Morte’s comment may mean that he handles the deaths of guys named Arthur or the deaths of people killed by guys named Arthur.

What can I say, except to note that Meredith and Morte are Deaths and, as such, are probably not meant to be fully understood?

I suspect that at some future date, a contestant on TV’s Jeopardy will request “‘Long Walks with Little Payoffs’ for $500, Alex” – and this comic strip will be shown.

On the other hand, “‘Long Walks with Little Payoffs’ for $1,000″ will probably be Thomas Malory’s Le Morte D’Arthur, so I guess I shouldn’t feel too bad.

See you on Friday!