dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

On the fuzziness of Marian's mind.

As we know, the last years of the strip were spent watching Elly and the others underestimate how much of Jim's personality, intellect and mental sharpness was left after the stroke. Since they weren't trained to notice things, it was damned easy for them to write the old boy off because they can't actually read minds. The reason that I mention this is that it looks like we were watching a repeat performance.

This is because things Marian says and does in the last years of her life make it look as if she was slowly sliding into a state of dementia. It isn't actually funny or cute to have a 'joke' that has her forget a potholder in the oven after dismissing Jim's concerns about her mind going but the thing exists. So does the fact that it looks as if he's taking advantage of a woman whose mind is as sharp as a sack of wet leather.

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