dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

The non-apology of Liz Patterson.

If you've been paying attention to the Super Teddy arc, it should be rather obvious that Elizabeth hasn't the blindest idea of what it is she's apologizing for and wouldn't have been especially sorry if she did know. Dawn made a really crappy and self-serving attempt to explain to her that what she did was bad and she should feel bad but that was wasted because not only did she try to let herself and the other kids off the hook, understanding that an action might have a negative consequence she should regret is not something that someone who's simply part of Lynn's psyche can manage. The closest one gets is being sorry about being punished, not being sorry about what one is being punished for.

This, I think, made Mrs Grunion's vague advice about not succumbing to peer pressure dangerous because of how it was phrased. Since Liz doesn't understand that her bus driver made the mistake of thinking "This is a harmless kid made to do something foolish she wouldn't ordinarily do because she got wound up by less harmless kids," she went on being the not at all harmless kid she actually is. Being allowed to do what she feels like doing means that she can go right on helping herself to things and expecting people to come running when she wants something and when the rights of others are pointed out, she squeals piteously about unfairness, jealousy and aggression.
Tags: freefloating commentary, liz: whining martyr

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