dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

Harridan/Dupe: Meet The Jaded Washout.

As we all know, the great big problem Elly has when she interacts with other people is her inability to quite admit that they don't and can't see the world the way she does. In the early years, this took the form of screaming at Michael to stop arguing with her because she wouldn't admit that he couldn't see things the way she did because it would take time and effort she didn't want to spend to ask the questions "Who is he and what does he want?"

Later on, it took the form of her being baffled that Liz fears her because she can't see herself the way Liz does. She doesn't want to look through her child's eyes and see a woman with an unjustifiable persecution complex, stubborn refusal to admit when she's full of guano and volcanic temper.

The reason that I mention this is that we're about to be reminded of the thing that isn't her petty need to avenge herself on a child she sees as ruining her life that makes it harder than it needs to be to coexist with April. That thing is the refusal to understand or admit that while everything she sees is old, bland, familiar and tiresome, it's all a brand new thing to her child. We're going to be spending the next fifteen years being reminded that April's life is made worse than it need be because Elly won't see the world through anyone's eyes but her own and we start with her wondering what the big deal is with visits with mall Santas.

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