The same cannot really be said for Elly, however. Being able to count past ten without taking off one's shoes is not something she values. Clear-eyed thinking leaves her cold. Selling things that frighten her and her alone is not allowed in her world. What is licit is having someone she can show off as being the end result of her good works. He owes her because after having brainlessly ratted him out to his parents 'just to be nice', she was shocked and sad because she felt vaguely worried about the end result of her actions. Truly, meaning well while not doing well must count for something.
This leads us to the really stupid thing about their dealings with him. Unlike in real life, he does not assume that they feel guilty about sitting on their asses and saying stupid things while he got beat on. He is grateful for help from good friends.