dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

The library as Elly's pulpit.

Now that we're done watching Elly tapdance on the coffee table, let's remind ourselves of what the real purpose of giving her a job actually is. It seems to me that the purpose of giving Elly an outside interest is that it allows Lynn to editorialize about subjects that bother her.

The primary purpose of her being children's programme coordinator is, of course, that it allows Lynn to nag her family about not being supportive enough of her career without alienating her readers. They might not be able to really relate to Elly being baffled by legalese and finance-speak or having Not-Cathy Guisewite congratulate her on avoiding the mistake of giving her fictional family her real family's name, they can relate to children and husbands who are too invested in Life As It Was to be happy for them. For the next ten or twelve years, we can expect strips that depict Elly's families as jerks who want her to be chained to the stove.

Why, we even get a sequence about how thrilled Elly/Lynn is to leave the stifling environment in which she usually finds herself. She has a grand old time at the convention. So grand, in fact, that she doesn't notice that part of the stifling environment comes with her when two straw Neanderthals bitch about how letting women out of the kitchen causes chaos.

This leads us to the other important means by which Elly being the lady that runs story time allows Lynn to slam people she hates over the head. I remember in one of her retcons how she growled about the insane priorities of the government:

Why do so few businesses and organizations support the arts? (Don't even ask the town council. There's a sewer to fix and the arena needs painting.)

and being reminded of her drive to keep the city from 'wasting' her tax money improving said arena and invest it in saving the historic (and not 'decrepit', Michael) town hall. Simply put, Lynn also loves to use the library as a means of complaining about how the taxpayer should stop supporting roadwork that makes commuting such a trial and sports venues where men learn to beat up women, children and gay people and support the arts. Nowhere in her point of view is there any room for the idea that they don't make it worth anyone's while to do so.

This leads us to the final purpose of the library: to complain about how the job market seems to have no room for the Elly Pattersons of the world. Had not the miracle happened, Elly would never have found a place to pretend to be an employer. The odd thing is that after she got cut and replaced by a high school student, we never saw the inside of the place again. It's like how a lot of characters simply vanished when she was done with them. My guess is that the Nichols children, Darryl Smythe and Janice Madigan all hang out there wondering why they've been given the Chuck Cunningham treatment.
Tags: elly versus her family, elly versus the real world

  • Ted's biggest mistake ever.

    You would tend to think that it's Ted's insistence that since none of his dalliances meant much to him, it stood to reason that they did not and…

  • Ted and the sports car.

    As we know, John doesn't have a lot of friends. He's not friends with Steve, he's not friends with Greg, he's not friends with Keith and he's…

  • The insertion paradox.

    One of the most irritating things about having to remember what the Pattersons called The Great Shuffle is having to remember Deanna's trying to…


Comments for this post were locked by the author