dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,
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More musings on missing digits......

Recent commentary about Annie's "thought" processes as regards Leah's extra fingers remind us that repulsive vanity and a near-criminal lack of self-awareness are by no means limited to the Sainted Patterswine. Anne herself is also a horrible, entitled person who makes stupid decisions for self-serving and ludicrous reasons. As I have said before, most of why she couldn't wait for a cut-happy surgeon to lop off fingers that could have been perfectly functional was that she had convinced herself that people would line up to call her a super-extra bad person for selfishly making her child deformed. While there might be at least one other person that is as stupid in the same way she is, I should think that the average Milboroughite would refer to what happened as the time that the fat, stupid woman who took years to finally admit that her husband was stepping out couldn't wait to rush her kid into surgery because she felt ashames for some dumb reason or another.

This would be a passing evil were the extra digits simply vestigial. In that instance, all we would have to deal with is very rushed cosmetic surgery. The problem is that it was a plot point that the extra fingers worked as well as the ones that didn't end up being disposed of as medical waste. This, as I said the last time I discussed this, is a little thing that we call "mutilation". Worse, it would not be very well disguised as the bones, muscles and nerves that operate the extra fingers would still be there right where Leah could see them. Having to explain that away would be like explaining something else Annie never thought of when she was panicking about how she would be perceived: phantom pain. At some point in her life, it probably occured to Leah that her mother rushed her into unnecessary surgery for a stupid reason and she probably reacted the way anyone who isn't a God-damned Foob expected: badly.
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