This, as I tried to say yesterday, is why Elly went into a tizzy because of Martha. Since Elly is programmed to believe rumors about how loose someone is and tends to judge people based on what 'everyone knows' about girls with 'dangerous' body language, she spent most of the early nineties slandering someone policed far more strictly than her own offsprings because of the way she dressed. Hell, she probably blames Martha's divorce on her being the sort of road-side, hands-on gig that wanted to sleep her way into their pockets.
Ah, well. At least with Martha and Rhetta, Elly got her gossip first-hand. Back when she was whining about the injustice of Anthony having to marry THAT EVIL FRENCH WOMAN, the rumors and stereotypes were distilled through three layers. This means that even though they've spoken, Elly still has no real idea who Thérèse Arsenault really is and, since she's stupid and fearful and most of all hates the idea of admitting she's wrong, never will.