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Snowth Woogle

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Were the Frensky's Supposed to be "Less Fortunate"?
« on: November 24, 2012, 11:02:42 pm »
I'm not suggesting that Francine and her family are poor by any means, but I do wonder if they were meant to be depicted as not quite as well off as others in Elwood City... it seems to be rather subtly suggested at times: their apartment is typical of lower-income housing (I've lived in apartments like theirs before, they're usually really low rent, in seedy neighborhoods, not to say Elwood City has any seedy neighborhoods), one episode deals with Francine not wanting to be seen riding her dad's old bicycle since they can't afford to get her a new one, it's a little more in the open when Muffy moves in with them temporarily (though, it's probably more artistic license to contrast Muffy being accustomed to her wealthy lifestyle, and having to adjust to the Frensky's not as rich lifestyle).
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Earwig

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Re: Were the Frensky's Supposed to be "Less Fortunate"?
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2013, 10:40:28 am »
Yes she is supposed to be less well off than most of the other kids. Her father has a job and works as a garbage collector for the town so they aren't in desperate situation or anything but there are a number of references of her not being as well off as the others. She usually has less fancy clothes, bicycle,  tv , computer, and lacks a cell phone and other toys like the other kids have. Francine lives in a 4 floor walk up 1950's style  apartment building that is fairly modest though not really in a slum or anything. It's a small town after all. Ladonna the new kid in town has also been defined as being less than middle class. Both share their bed room with their sister as well.