dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

Like eating a bicycle: Elly's memory problems....

It seems to me that there's a factor that I might have left out when discussing the Pattersons' inability to learn from their mistakes; the clue as to what that might be comes from a strip that was published in early 1985. What happened was that Anne had to take Christopher to the doctor's and left Richard there because her indulgent and attentive parenting had made him into a destructive little monster; Elly's reaction was to panic because she'd forgotten how to cope with a two-year old child. To me, that seems like something that she should have retained even if said information were merely to be graven into her mind for blackmail purposes. What seems to happen is that Elly is so disorganized and so constantly in a state of anguished confusion that she cannot remember the day-to-day events that a calmer individual would either treasure or shudder at depending on the effect; her non-stop panic and tendency to live in a self-induced fog also make it hard for her to remember any discoveries she might make along the way. Since she rushes through life without paying much attention to her surroundings lest she get stuck somewhere, her past is a chaotic blur of baffling images and incomprehensible behavior.
Tags: elly versus the real world

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