44: Love

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This one makes me wince every time I think about it
Title text: This one makes me wince every time I think about it

[edit] Explanation

This comic expresses how the nature of love can be painful when closely examined, as in every relationship one party must love the other party the most.

Instead of continuing Cueball's escalation by saying the expected response "I love you more!" Megan stops and agrees with him: he does love her more than she loves him. The final frame shows the couple standing in silence.

Often couples escalate the claims of how much they love each other. Typically, however, the couple never openly admit this not wanting to cause pain to their partner, but love by its very nature must be unbalanced as no two things can ever truly be equal. This is one of love's painful truths.

In the title text, Randall expresses how this comic is shockingly stark in its portrayal of the nature of love.

[edit] Transcript

[Cueball and Megan stand facing one another.]
Cueball: I love you!
Megan: I love you!
[Cueball and Megan stand facing one another.]
Cueball: I love you more!
Megan: Yeah.
[Cueball and Megan stand facing one another - saying nothing.]

[edit] Trivia

  • This was the 21st comic originally posted to LiveJournal.
  • Original title: "Wednesday's Drawing"
  • There were no original Randall quote for this comic.
  • This comic was posted on xkcd when the web site opened on Sunday the 1st of January 2006.
    • It was posted along with all 41 comics posted before that on LiveJournal as well as a few others.
    • The latter explaining why the numbers of these 41 LiveJournal comics ranges from 1-44.
  • One of the original drawings drawn on checkered paper.
    • Of those comics drawn on such paper this is the one with the highest number released on xkcd.
    • But it was an early comic which got a different number after the transfer to xkcd.
    • The last comic on such paper was, by release-date, 39: Bowl although it is likely that 36: Scientists was released in 2006, which would make it the last.

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