The second time Isabel, Alison's mother spoke, all she said was "whorehouse" (page 21) as a comment to a chandelier Bruce had brought home. Alison's parents both appear to be people of very few words.
On page 75 was the first scene of the two parents interacting intimately. Before Bruce left on a weekend trip, he gave Isabel a quick peck on the lips and scurried out the door. The second intimate interaction was the next panel on the same page, and Isabel is seen placing her hand on his back while they sit around and watch television.
These are both very minor interactions and Bruce and Isabel don't show any signs of affection towards each other. In fact, Bruce has the tendency to do the opposite, lashing out at her, swearing and calling her demeaning names. He once yelled out, "You're the one with the problem, crazy bitch!" (page 77) as he tore out pages from a library book.
Also on page 78-79, Bruce yells at her for not being able to read a map. Isabel gets out of the car, away from Bruce, only to shortly return to have Bruce call her a crazy bitch for doing so.
A part of me thinks that the reason Bruce was so harsh on Isabel was because he was afraid that she would probably want to leave him if she knew he was having affairs with men. However, "too good for her own good", Isabel ended up staying with him even though she knew.
Another part of me thinks that Isabel really loved Bruce. I think in an attempt to better him, maybe pull him away from his habits with other men, for his sake and the kids'. She stayed with Bruce even though it felt like she knew he didn't really love her.
Just a quick humorous post about what kinds of parents are the worst! I have to agree and say some of those would be rather awful... . Link!
Post by Catherine Park
"Top 10 Parents from Hell." TheSite.org. The Site, 04 Nov. 2005. Web. 28 Nov. 2011. <http://www.thesite.org/sexandrelationships/familyandfriends/family/top10parentsfromhell>.
Bechdel, Alison. Fun Home: a Family Tragicomic. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2006. Print.