Wow. Uh, I did mention he was ultimately good natured, right? I think he was doing pretty well up until that last panel, at least in terms of what he was saying if not necessarily his way of saying it. Even if Ellen were still identical to Elliot, the perception of her by everyone else would still matter, and these issues would still be very real.
This comic resulted in a big philosophical debate that is probably raging to this day--Hold on, let me check. Yep, they're still firing stuff from trebuchets and what-not. A debate specifically about identity, self, whether an actual distinction of original and duplicate actually exists, etc.
My obvious standpoint on this is that Ellen is a duplicate of Elliot, but that doesn't make her any less rad or any less her own person. Although, that bit about "you're not who you remember being"... She sort of is? Maybe not in a literal sense, but she is "that person", you know? Sort of? We're getting into a realm of discussion where just trying to convey what one means gets super confusing. No wonder there's still trebuchets.
Commentary added November 25, 2014