dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,
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Elly, the nagging headache.

One of the first things you notice about the Pattersons is that Elly likes to nag. The second that a family member does something that isn't exactly the way she'd do it, they get chapter and verse on what they're doing wrong. John, for instance, cannot ever clean the house to her standards and she isn't shy about telling him that. It doesn't matter that the end result is the same, her way is better. Her children also remember primarily as a fountain of unsolicited hectoring about their deficiencies. All of her strident yapping is delivered in a rather condesecending tone which indicates that, to some degree, she thinks the people around her are idiots who need her bellowing at them. It also indicates that she does not trust the people around her, that she fears that left to their own devices they'd bring disgrace to the family. Her constant, persistent fear that she'd be somehow publicly humiliated by the others if she relaxed her vigilance corroded the part of her that could take things in stride, leaving behind the frothingly frustrated mess that only derives a warped enjoyment from listing all the times people have let her down.
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