This dangerous fantasy land conjures up all kinds of half-truths, total imagination and vindictiveness. Her view of reality is distorted by what she has lived and how she really wants to be living but a mind so abused by her past will not allow her to think clearly.
For so long, I would think "How could she appear to be so smart yet be so completely senseless at times?" I thought it was a trick. It really isn't. Between trying to say the right thing and suppressing her true feelings she is caught in the abyss.