dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,
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dreadedcandiru2

The end result of the wonderful time not had.

It doesn't take a genius to realize that Elly's belief that exposing her children to nature doesn't have the desired effect of making them wonderful. As we know, they arrive back from Exile Farm making inconvenient and baffling noise about being out of the loop and having been treated like a shitheel by that nice Cousin Laura. The reason that Elly doesn't see that being isolated from friends as being a problem is that she doesn't seem to have had very many friends growing up and probably left them all behind when she latched onto a nerdy, controlling assclown owing to either a pregnancy scare or the belief that if she didn't marry Train Man right then and there, she'd surely have died an old maid. Since she lost track of her besties from middle school and since she cannot and will not admit that what her kids go through is kind of a big deal even though it isn't happening to her, the fact that her children end up playing catch-up isn't even a blip on her radar. As for Laura being an annoying, condescending pain in the ass who needs a prophylactic kick in the teeth so as to prevent her from being even more of a snotty twit than she already is, Elly clearly sides with the verbal abuser instead of the child receiving the put-down because she thinks that the child has the gratuitous insult coming. The same impulse forces her to love Eva to pieces.

John is equally disappointed because he thinks that by exposing his children to the farm labor he couldn't wait to get away from, they'll finally admit that they're freeloading off of him and, since they insist on acting and thinking on their own instead of when a smirking pile of ordure with a train fetish wills it, are horrible and ungrateful children. To them, it looks like they're being singled out for punishment because they exist and are expected to state "I really am a horrible child for having free will and should pay you back every cent you ever spent on me with interest as penance. I appreciate being called a parasite and want more verbal floggings."

The end result of all of this is to drive home a lesson that Elly and John didn't intend to teach. It teaches the kids that John and Elly don't give a brass razoo what they think and hate the idea of doing so. Too bad that they've been so crippled by John and Elly's selfishness that they need to be parented.
Tags: cousin laura, exile farm
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