dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

Elly the defective nursemaid: a re-examination...

I know that I've covered this topic before but it seems to me that Elly is not exactly who you'd want in your corner if you were feeling poorly. This, of course, is owing to her inability to quite see how others think making her life more complicated than it has to be; the Lynnsights clearly imply that Lynn herself was not only a bully who doesn't know how to behave in a civil fashion, she was also probably a world-class malingerer. Both she and Elly thus go into a health crisis with the default assumption that she's being played for a sap by someone faking sick to make her life worse. This, of course, is why we have so many strips that have Elly get blindsided because someone who she thought wanted to take up her precious time because they hate the idea of her having her own life turns out to be actually sick; Lynn likes writing about how Elly feels guilty about being herself almost as much as she likes writing strips that show us that the rest of the family shows her none of the consideration she shows them when she's ailing. Both are manifestations of Lynn's addiction to self-pity and martyrdom.
Tags: elly: lynn's fantasy self, in sickness and in foob, one big oblivious family

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