dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

On Elly Patterson, learned helplessness and money.

One of the more troubling aspects of the strip is observing Elly's spending habits. This is, of course, because she doesn't want to act like an adult about things. I remember when John was trying to remind her that they had to plan ahead for a possible future when he wasn't there to provide for them; rather than face that, she whined that the cruel man wanted to make her cry by saying scary things. We've also seen that she's too impatient and stubborn to pay attention to the bills she pays and blames her mistakes on her creditors for making things hard. She even shares some of the blame for the whole stereo fiasco; if she'd told John what she needs instead of relying on him to read her mind when she pouts at him, he'd have provided. After all, it's not like he isn't making enough money to support his wife's wastefulness and stupidity. One can even sympathize a little for his chauvinism; it is, after all, hard to take someone who married him so she wouldn't be made to act in her own behalf seriously.

Tags: elly: lynn's fantasy self, foob history, money matters in foobistan, one big oblivious family

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