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The Father Bob Perplex

As we've just seen, Elly had a fairly pleasant flight to Winnipeg owing to her sitting next to a clergyman with a penchant for groaner-type puns and pseudo-profundity. The problem is that she had an awkward old time when she first met the man because she felt awkward about being in his presence and more awkward still about asserting herself when he'd accidentally inconvenienced her. Upon realizing that his need for some conditioned air had presented a problem for her and she was a bit too wary of criticizing a priest to say anything, he sort of had to do most of the work conversation-wise. My guess is that he assumed that she was raised to not talk out of turn to men of the cloth no matter what; that being said, I think that he underestimated the problem to a large extent owing to his making the natural mistake of assuming that Elly thinks like a civilized adult living in the modern era. He thought "Oh, my. The poor dear was too cowed by who I am to assert herself. I have to make amends" because the reality of her belief that "If I say bad things, the God-man will do a magic on me" would blow his mind. After all, you don't see many people as primitive in their thinking as a Patterson walking around these days so it's easier to assume that heavy parenting is the cause of shrinking violetism in the face of priesthood than fear of having one's soul eaten.
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