As I've said before, we're going to be spending a lot of time watching Elly's keister expand to ridiculous proportions as she stuffs herself with stodgy food and rails about how unfair it is that men are allowed to be fat. This is fairly weird because of the following factors:
- Lynn's issues with her physical appearance: As we've seen, Lynn seems to be convinced that she looks like fat, ugly, frumpy old Elly Patterson when, in fact, she's fairly attractive. This means that she cannot draw people who are slightly overweight without making them look like they're stuffing their drawers with bags of Jell-O.
- The issues with she has with food: Lynn seems to subsist on a diet of melba toast, celery and other products geared to those who can't enjoy eating all that much; this, of course, means that she thinks that people who eat normal portions are doomed to be fat and ugly.
- Her belief in a strict division of gender roles: It's sort of strange watching someone who really doesn't have much sympathy for the advocates of gender equality rail about the injustice of male oppression. One is left with the impression that she thinks that fairness would mean that men must suffer as much as women are supposed to.
- The hatred of solutions: She doesn't want to do anything that would make her problems go away; as I've said, she seems to regard the impulse others have to help her with her problems so she can be happy as being a bad thing. She seems to think that what said people don't take her concerns and thus her seriously. Also, if she has one fewer thing to complain about, she has one less reason to feel special.
- Her self-loathing: As has been remarked on many times, Lynn is filled with self-loathing and spews her bile over her pages for all to see.
When you add it all up, you're left with the impression that Lynn would rather have Elly sit down, whine and not doing anything about her widening problem because inaction is better than doing things.