dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

Home Stretch 3: What's wrong with childhood sweethearts?

With all of John and Elly's gushing over the fact that their wanted children are either married to or in a serious relationship with someone they knew as children, you'd think they'd own up to a wee measure of hypocrisy. That's because neither spouse was aware of the other's existence until the late seventies. All their fine talk about this betrays not only their imbecile sentimentality but a mutual longing for a long-lost love fate denied them. Let's start with John. We know that, deep down, he's an obnoxiously chauvinistic clod with the notion that rational thought cannot occur in a brain hooked up to a uterus. One can readily guess that, as a child, he was likely at the receiving end of an array of gushing and worshipful femininity and thus grew to expect that sort of thing as his due. As much as he loves Elly, part of him wishes that he could have married a member of his harem because she wouldn't make all of Elly's noise about having her own identity. Just as he, despite everything, mourns the loss of the one that got away, Elly mourns a lost opportunity herself: a man who wouldn't expect her to sacrifice her and parent's hopes for his own narrow, imbecile convenience. She's probably aware of a man from back home secure enough in his own masculinity not to stand in her way. Simple as paper, their regret is warping their children's lives.
Tags: elly: lynn's fantasy self, john: little tin god or petty tyrant?, the dreaded hybrid

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