dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

On pump organs, walking dolls and blind spots.

There is, of course, another reason that Phil Richards did as little as he could when it came to looking after his dad in his last days: he assumed that it was Elly's responsibility to look after the old boy because she was a woman thereby making it her job. Like most of the horrible mama's boys that people the strip, Phil's peace of mind is predicated on his not admitting that when Elly pours her heart out about how awful she felt knowing that she was hobbled by a very shallow historical tradition and denied things in the name of respectability, he has a moral responsibility to not blow off her concerns. His constant rattling on about how their childhood doesn't matter much is a rather vile means of denying a reality that warps how she sees the world and treats the people around her. It's also a load of old cobblers because he still believes in one key belief that makes his life worse. Sure, he might have abandoned a lot of the preconceptions that Jim and Marian shoved down his throat but the belief that any opinion a woman might have that differs from his own is strictly optional is one that makes an ugly fool of him. The nadir of his stupidity was not, however, his constant attempt to deny that Elly had a point about his being treated like a king by his mother. His stupidest expression of his tendency to being a macho dickweed isn't even how he ran his ugly mouth about how insane and stupid Connie was for not responding the way he wanted to his grunting "MERE OOMAN" like the Neanderthal he can be sometimes. His worst moment was when he refused to hire a moving van like a sane person because he wanted to look like a conquering hero.

This is why he's still baffled that Elly wanted a pump organ she couldn't play. He still can't see that Elly wanted to win and make the world fair because, like anyone who's just handed a privilege sight unseen, he thinks that the playing field is level when it assuredly isn't.
Tags: elly on her cross, elly versus her parents, phil: bee and bop king

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