dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

The iron law of precedent and why it always bites Elly in the rump.

As we know, one of the things that bothers Elly the most is how unfair life seems to be. Having to stay home while everyone else gets to go out into the world and do something that matters (by which she means 'something that will get her the public praise she values more than life itself') is unfair. Having to feed, clothe and house children without getting anything in return is unfair. Having to be accused of being a negligent, lazy fool who should have bought a latch that was actually child-proof instead of relying on the kindness of others to save her children is unfair. What's most unfair is that she's the one stuck putting a new roll of toilet paper on the spindle, tossing out empty shampoo bottles, filling salt shakers and all the other petty jobs that make her think that she's nothing more than an underappreciated servant who no one cares about.

This is because she's on the losing side of a really unfair law: "If you do something once, people are going to expect you to keep doing it." While it's true that she tried at one point to use sarcasm to shame her family into self-reliance, their innate stupidity and cluelessness made such effort an exercise in futility. Simply put, they've got it in their heads that irritating joe-boy jobs like that which make her feel like a damned robot are her jobs; this feeling seems to be reinforced by constant yapping about how the paper is magically put in the wrong way.
Tags: elly on her cross

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