I’m not gonna go too into it, but the fact you believe their romance is so set in stone to be one of mutualism strikes me as strange. P. Patty’s and Charlie’s relationship never reached beyond what has been posted, but even then those said strips still lack the ample proof to truly say that yes, Charlie did like P. Patty back in a romantic sense. This was never expanded upon in any of the specials, any of the story lines, any official history of Peanuts books I’ve read, and definitely not by Schulz himself. The playful flirting of Peppermint Patty is almost always met with distain by Charlie, in which he actively tries to ignore and look past. >>120234944
Charlie Brown is one to be disappointed with himself when doing anything wrong. Making a girl actively walk away after a night out is a terrible thing to happen, even if you aren’t romantically interested in them. It’s a stretch of the imagination to believe Charlie being disappointed in himself by scaring off a friend, especially a girl, is not in direct result of his own person, but his supposed crush on Peppermint Patty.>but I think to just dismiss a blush like that is pretty preemptive
I think it’s perfectly appropriate to do so. A blush from a compliment, or the feeling of being wanted by ANYONE (this is not specific to Peppermint Patty, I’m 90% sure there’s tons of instances of Charlie blushing that don’t have any romantic implications) is still perfectly in character for Charlie Brown without being reliant on a supposed crush on P. Patty. Linus does the same thing to Sally in the Great Pumpkin, although his clear distaste for her romantically.> Creative decisions made often possessed further depth than what is immediately clear in order to further describe both interactions between characters and personality quirks.
I believe these interactions are being read the wrong away. The character quirk you speak of isn’t in result Charlie Brown having-