No one's seen Ed in the past two weeks. There's a pile of rotting newspapers outside his door, his phone's been disconnected, and his kids are living in an orphanage.

Well, the last time I saw him was about two weeks ago, when I set up his computer and showed him Minesweeper, SimCity, and Everything2.

Oh. Small wonder, then.

"Small wonder" is an English expression meaning, approximately, "that's expected." It's mildly ironic, because the speaker is in fact expressing no wonder at all.

It has fallen out of common use and is mostly seen today in pallid attempts at humor when the media write about something that is interesting and small (or, in really egregious cases, about a short celebrity). Its other major use is in reference to the 1980s sitcom discussed in this node's other writeups.