This cynical interpretation popped into my head while writing a letter to my college friend Jessica, recently married. I decided to hold off on posting it for a while since many of my relatives and friends have been getting married in the past few months. Scott's views do not represent the views of those employed at Feudal Effort Incorporated. Marriage is actually one of the few things I'm not generally cynical about.
The bell tower in panel 3 is directly copied from a photo I took of the Church of the Holy Spirit at Kenyon College. (That's a wikipedia photo. The photo I used for the drawing is from a different angle.)