Even more unfortunately, she's dealing with a fellow mental pygmy in Michael. We start off with his not being aware of the fact that Mom is of course going to get angry if her favourite child is heard to swear. He can also stand in front of bookshelves loaded with stuff he could read and declare that the place is a cultural Gobi desert because that would involve opening his damned eyes instead of walking around in the same stupor Elly does and he's big enough a nitwit to miss out on what the point of punishment means.
This cycle of one dumbass trying to modify how an equally stupid dope acts pretty much ensures a cycle of failure in which she gets angrier and he bleats more idiotically about persecution. Good thing for her that the only person willing to put up with his shit thinks the world of her. To keep from having to live on his own, Mikey Girl does his damnedest to curry favor with his idiot mother.