dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

Sympathy for the Train Devil.....

We know for a fact that Elly cannot sit still, that her love of activity for its own sweet sake made her fill every single minute of her free time with chores. We also know that John, for all his insensitive jackassery, is being straightforward when he expresses confusion about her complaints about that fact. This tells me that even though he initially expected Elly to be a housewife in the mold of his mother, Carrie Patterson was not in love with work for its own sake. She managed to keep her house spotless enough to satisfy the requirements of the Gods of Hygeine and have time to pursue her own interests. What's more, she didn't spend her time moaning about having to do it because she actually liked the way her life turned out. John probably assumed for the longest time that Elly was the same way, that she was able to clean house and have time to herself. Now that he's underfoot more often and realizes that his wife is not like his mother and cannot ever rest or be happy with what she has, he's probably started to rethink some of the things she used to say. Too bad that he probably thinks that her joyless workaholism is a good thing.
Tags: john: little tin god or petty tyrant?, sheet shaver

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