Were that not bad enough, she's married to an oafish clod who plays a nasty game I've mentioned in the past. The website Tvtropes.org calls it 'moving the goalposts'; I call it being a filthy sadist who's too damned petty to let people win. What's going on with John can be best summarized by the following self-serving non-thought process:
- I've told Michael to do something or other because I think he needs to learn how to work.
- Michael has done the task I've set for him.
- Despite doing exactly what I said to do and doing it how I wanted it done, I'm still not happy.
- Therefore, what he's done is obviously not good enough and he must work even harder!!!
This is because John cannot and will not entertain the possibility that the problem is on his end. At no point does it ever occur to our boy that "I am a peevish, petty imbecile who won't let himself be happy with what I have because I can't let anyone else win" because that would mean that the only reason the kids have never done anything worthy of praise is because he's an ungrateful rat bastard idiot son-of-a-bitch who wants to be the only person who can do anything right.