dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

Of white lies and black deeds.

As I said yesterday, one of the few positive things about John is that he's honest about his motives; he likes things just so and says so. Hell, he's even honest about why he's dishonest; he as much as told Mike that he likes to mess with Elly's head to keep her on her toes. This makes him slightly better company than Elly who can't be counted on to tell the truth. I'm not simply talking about her tendency to tell white lies to avoid hurting people's feelings; we'll see that come into play when she tries to make Connie feel better about herself by lying about what Phil thought of her visit. I'm also talking about how she lies to herself about why she does things; instead of admitting that she's not good with children or housework and loses interest in things fairly quickly, she pins the blame on some external factor that has nothing to do with anything. I should think that she'll tell John that she isn't going to continue on with night school because the sun was in her eyes. She can't even be bothered to tell herself the truth about the past; this is a woman who can't learn from her mistakes because she's not honest enough to remember what happened to her. What makes her dishonesty really destructive is that her children are somewhat gullible; that's why Liz says that she deliberately provoked Mike. Since Elly thinks this and since Liz is somewhat suggestible and doesn't realize that her mother is a pathological liar, she swallowed her bullshit and asked for seconds.

Tags: one big oblivious family

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