dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

A Friend Like Elly.....

The current arc, in which Elly goes above and beyond for Connie, is an example of one of the odder phenomena in the strip: Elly's need to overextend herself granting favors to people who do not reciprocate. Elly is, as John said, a damned good sport taking care of Connie's responsibilities for her while she tries to parlay a one-night stand with a man five years younger than she is into a marriage. The problem, of course, is that Connie takes that generosity for granted and, as far as I know, has never done Elly a similar favor. The only reward she ever got from Connie was hollow flattery. This need to be generous to parasites who complicate her life is also why she allowed Kortney to rob her blind and why she let Mike camp out in her home and more or less steal it from here. All she got from those encounters was a big, phony grin and an inconvenienced teenaged daughter who was upset for no reason that Elly would admit to. You'd expect a person to treat people who are generous to her better but you'd be wrong. The most shining example of the swinish behavior I'm talking about is how she treats Anne. As we know, Anne (unlike Connie) was always in Elly's corner when she needed a friend to lean on. She took care of the kids when Elly was at work, watched over things, gave her helpful advice and all the other things a good friend does so what Elly did the instant she needed a pal must have hurt. It was sort of sickening to see Elly treat someone who always did her a good turn like an incontinent, radioactive leper with Tourette's because she was too stunned to understand what was going on and too fearful to learn; what was worse was watching her pick up after the fake disasters Connie spent her life whining about. Simply put, I'd rather not have a friend like Elly; I'd want one who was there when things got rough.

Tags: connie: the real lynn, elly: lynn's fantasy self, kortney, picky-face martian princess creature

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