dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

Introducing Paul Gauthier.

The very interesting thing about last Friday's strip is that it's quite likely that we've seen the first appearance in-strip of a local contractor based on a real man named Paul Gauthier. The other very interesting thing is that we end up having to look at how he and Elly will end up interacting right the Hell away. As we saw, he was there to do a very simple little job only to have the lady of the house treat him like some sort of lackey put on this Earth to do what she wanted when she wanted it. Also, since the man seems to have had something of a lingering Franco-Ontarian accent, it made sense to her to amplify and distort his dialogue so as to make him sound like Pepe Le Pew.

We'll see this come into play in about six years or so when John stops acting like a sitcom mutant groaning about the bills and agrees to put an add-on to the house to give everyone more room. As one could expect from the "John remodels the kitchen in such a way as to maximize the inconvenience Elly" arc from about two years from now, we're going to have the contractors speak either hick-speak or wit'an exAGGerATed acCENT to remind us that the lower ranks aren't as exalted as people like Elly. We're also going to have them balk at her super-reasonable and not at all insane requests as well as having them make her life harder because reasons.

The interesting thing about all of this is that she claims to be friends with the real person despite making him into a caricature. She seems to have a lot of people like that in her life.
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