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The cartoon by Banx shows an elderly couple sitting in armchairs in their living room. The woman tells the man, "If you hadn't retired as Pope we might never have met."
Like many of Banx's cartoons, the humour is slightly surreal and derives from the dissonance between the banality of the characters (who are often the same husband and wife), and the bizarre things they say.
The cartoon provides a good example of the third conditional, which is used to talk about things which did not happen in the past (he did retire as Pope). 'Might' is used rather than 'would' because it is not 100% percent certain that they wouldn't have met.