dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

John and the in-laws......

I realize that this is coming out of left field here but I'd like to rehash a favorite subject of mine: trying to figure out what Jim and Marian really thought of John. It would seem to me that Marian had a higher opinion of Train Man than her husband. This is, of course, owing to her need to think that Elly can do no right; he cannot be blamed for Elly's flaking out and spoiling everyone's hopes for her. It doesn't really matter that she was so down on herself that his suggestion that she be a SAHM seemed like salvation; that's because the poor self-image that resulted from years of the corrosive bullshit we saw spewing from Great Grandma BattleAxe's mouth isn't the problem; if Elly were 'good', she'd be able to withstand an unremitting stream of verbal abuse. Jim, on the other hand, might not be so quick to see John as the ideal husband; that's because he actually did have a certain amount of faith in his daughter; in his eyes, she didn't need a keeper. Sadly, nobody else, not even Elly herself, seems to have thought that way. This, it seems, is why he was so great with April; if I'm reading the situation right, he was trying for a second chance to raise Elly. If he couldn't get the real one to have a happy life, a lookalike would have to do.

Tags: chinnuts, grate grandmother marian, john - grinning weirdo

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