As you know, the Pattersons, if asked, go to great lengths to remind everyone in earshot how honest and open they are with those around them. According to them, they couldn’t be any closer and it’s all due to how well they communicate as a family. Sadly though, this can be described by the expressions such as ‘a fat load of bollocks’, ‘sheer, unadulterated crap’ and ‘a bald-faced lie’. The Pattersons actually believe that an open and honest discussion of what’s on their minds is a bad thing; one cannot by definition be open to hearing the opinions of those around you if you also believe that complaining is a good thing unless you’re complaining to the person you’re complaining about. The fear of angering the other person by actually saying something that might be taken the wrong way is too deeply ingrained and examples of a character seizing on some minor complaint and using it as a stick to beat the holy hell out of the complainer appear too many times to make me believe that Lynn values candor as a virtue. In her world, things are fine as long as nobody says anything hurtful. As I’ve said before, this only guarantees that nothing gets done and resentments get left to simmer and mutate into something nasty.
Honesty is not a Foob policy
Observation: John likes Anthony because he can take him. Hypothesis: John is relieved that he will no longer get his ass kicked by Elly's dad.
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