dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

Son Of The Alcove Paradox: The Talking Man-Child Blues

As you know, I really like to harp on the cover image to the collection Pushing 40 because of how I think that it explains exactly who John Patterson actually is. What we see is the family straining themselves as they push John up a hill in a soap-box derby car; while they do so, he sits there with a smug, stupid grin of anticipation on his smug, stupid face. We know enough about John to realize that if they refused him, he'd probably pout about how his family didn't respect him or some such bullshit. This is because when his fellows have better things to do than to watch someone who looks like an adult but is actually just eight years and six hundred or so months old make a ridiculous spectacle of himself at his family's expense, the dozy dollop pisses and moans about how no one wants to come out to play.

What probably annoys them the most is his belief that respect can only go in one way. We've seen how the malicious man-child won't allow himself to respect the feelings or rights of others because he's king of his castle and they'd better not forget it. We've also seen on the rare occasions that he cannot bully someone into submission, his courage disappears and is replaced by whining about people being made of snow. What this tells me is that not only does he fort himself up in his workshop to fleee them, he also does it to piss them off.
Tags: john: little tin god or petty tyrant?

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