dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

Elly never uses her words.

The irritating thing about the renovation arc is that John is yet again confused by the fact that he married someone whose complaints tend towards the inarticulate. This tendency Elly has towards a vagueness that confuses and angers John manifests itself in a baffling to him refusal to be more specific than "something better than this" and "I'll know what I want when I see it." What he doesn't want to know is why this is: her fear that stating what the problem is means his leaving her.

The reason he doesn't realize this is that he still doesn't realize why she gave him the silent treatment because she wanted to dummy up about being dissatisfied with having to put her life on hold after having jumped into marriage and motherhood before bothering to figure out who the Hell she is and what she wants out of life. One would think that his knowing that Elly clearly seems to believe that complaining to the person you're complaining about will have nothing but ruinous consequences might clue him in but John's not really all that smart. All he sees is someone who won't help him by saying what needs to be done because he's the man with the plan and to make things better, he's gotta know what needs to be fixed.....just so long as it ain't him because he can do nothing but good OR ELSE. 
Tags: the incompatibility problem

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