>>121046091>Peppermint Patty and Charlie Brown are MEANT to be together and the comic is written for this to be the case.
You really haven't read into this at all, have you? You're right, but more right than you realize.
Charlie Brown is based on Charles Schultz himself as a youth, and is inspired by some of his experiences growing up.
Peppermint Patty is based on his wife as a youth, and is inspired by some of her experiences growing up.
The central themes of the entire story/characters are how Charlie is too observant, philosophical, and "intelligent" to just take the risks and live life face-first. He second-guesses himself and overthinks everything until he ends up doing nothing, or missing his chances entirely.
The arcs that really drive this point home involve Charlie's love life. He's too wrapped up in his memories and perceptions of the little red-haired girl: this perfect "other" that he has inflated to the status of a goddess in his mind. He has spent so much time worshipping her that his image of her has grown into a fantasy, becoming more and more wildly perfect in his mind he longer he doesn't see her.
Meanwhile, right under his nose, Charlie Brown has already met the girl who is objectively perfect for him. Patty actually likes him, and somehow has the ovaries to try doing something about it constantly, instead of just giving up on him like everyone else. She's taking care of half the work for him, but Charlie just keeps focusing on his "perfect" goal that distracts him from what he could already have, simply because his metal template for patty is "that plain old everyday chick who is also my bro".