dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

Elly's understanding gap.

Now, to get back to the Pattersons, we're just about to see the first in a long line of strips that remind us that Elly never quite manages to understand what is actually going on around her and how that makes April's life worse. This is because we're going to end up watching her scowl in rage because April doesn't react well to unfamiliar faces and this inconveniences her. Elly never seems to have realized what April was reacting to and also, reacts to her own disappointment with by getting angry about the bad child who screamed for 'no reason'.

This, I think, is why it always looks as if Elly is a first time parent every time a new child comes along. Since she draws the wrong conclusions from what she experiences owing to her not understanding what's happening around her, she doesn't actually learn anything useful that will help her later on in life. She is why Santayana said that those who do not remember the past are doomed to repeat it. It might even be that the reason John came into her life by what she thought was surprise is due to her not understanding things. Part of me suspects that long ago, Connie made a mildly sarcastic comment about going to the medical students' library to find love because she saw someone trolling for an MRS degree and Elly didn't understand what she meant.
Tags: elly patterson: moron parent, elly patterson: walking psa for eugenics

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