original_post:_11/19/2001_______________ Men are not perfect. Our main character, Max, has given into lust, a sin by all accounts, even when things were a little fishy, and did the act anyway. Protagonists need to err, to fail, in order to learn and grow. Max has to have this moment of realization that what he did, was wrong. And through the physical act, he realizes that Alli is not who she appears to be. Also, she is smoking, which she has never done before. I really like how we can follow Max's face in this strip, from feeling guilt, to doubt, to anger, to that "oh crap" moment.