dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

Meet The Unconscious Propagandist

As you might have noticed, Elly appears to walk around as if she is in a permanent duck as if she is carrying the weight of the whole world on her shoulders in order to serve as visual shorthand for how downtrodden she is. A person who meets Elly for the first time might wonder if she's got a problem with lower back pain and ask why she's all slumped over only to get angry noise about how her posture is perfect and assume that she's listening to a sarcastic remark from someone who's been given a raw deal.

As for why Elly is all stooped over, Lynn vaguely hints at the idea that her children insisted on riding on her back far longer than they ought to have and this ruined Elly's posture but doesn't come right out and say this because she has the irritating tendency to assume people can just tell what's obvious without her having to spell it out. This results in something of a problem in that she accidentally sends a message she isn't aware she is sending. Lynn thinks in terms of a specific cause (Elly's children take advantage of her and she hasn't the time to se a doctor) while the readers think in terms of generalities (Elly's life is far harder than it might look to outsiders). What neither side realize is that Elly is so used to walking around all hunched up, she's no longer aware she's doing so.

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