dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

The eyes that don't judge as contrasted with the eyes that do.

Vacation-time is, of course, not the only time in which the Pattersons live with the fear of being judged harshly by an uncaring crowd. They face that misplaced horror every day of the week in their own back yard. It seems rather obvious that as a result of having it drummed into them that being publicly disgraced is the worst thing in the world as well as being blind to how they're really perceived, a Pattersons' reaction to any sort of mild embarrassment is to make the ludicrous assumption that a crowd that looks at some drone caught out doing something silly, shrugs and promptly forgets what they saw is going to spent the next few years laughing at them. To suggest otherwise not only tends to make the horrible suggestion that their parents might have made a mistake raising them, it clashes with the repulsive vanity that makes them want to think that they're the centre of attention.

What it also blinds them to is that the women John leers at might not be, as he thinks, flattered by it or, as Elly thinks, expecting it because they want to steal John away because that's what pretty girls do. The idea that a young woman would prefer to not have to be mentally undressed by a churlish waste of skin with bulging eyes and a bulge in his khakis and would feel pity for the wife who's helpless to stop him is not one they can have.

To summarize, there are actually people who look at the Pattersons with contempt and pity; it's just that they aren't who they think they are.
Tags: one big oblivious family

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