I hope their resentment is directed at the religion and NOT the people
in the hall. The people in the hall don’t owe
them a goddamn thing!
The couple are probably pissed about having to fend for themselves in
the “world”. Well,
TOO BAD because I did and got criticized for it.
That's it exactly - they are peeved that they were counting on living the rest of their lives in cushy comfort in Bethel, and now they are stuck in "the world".
He displays it more than her - even after 10 years, he trots out lines like "Well, I am Bethel-trained"...."When I was in Bethel, we did it his way"...."I was talking to one of my contacts in Bethel, and..."
And then he gets frustrated when others don't fawn over what he thinks is some sort of "trump card".
Also, he still misses the reverence he used to get from the rank & file as "ooh, a Bethelite". He was a frequent "Bethel speaker" (although his delivery is usually pretty rambly, it's only half-decent when he really works on it). Now, he's just a regular elder in a regular congregation in the middle of nowhere. He pouts when he doesn't get the respect he thinks he deserves (which is pretty often).
They are now in their mid-60's. They see the future - never retiring (they are special pioneers - too old to work, too little in Social Security). They will depend on their SP stipend for as long as they live. Another 10, 20, 30 years of shuffling door to door, never ending, never ending, never ending....and the best they can hope for is that when they get too old & decrepit to shuffle any more, they might get taken into some sort of Bethelite old age home.
I almost feel bad for them.