Vendetta didn’t want surprise visits during the fraud because they would see how nice I was. Vendetta’s big excuse for not divorcing me sooner was that somehow behind closed doors, I was evil. This contrasted very starkly with everyone’s in-person opinion of me. It also contrasted with my roommate’s opinion, who said I was far too nice.
One other moment about the surprise visit was a comment from Samantha, who said that she was surprised that Vendetta was being a good mother. It didn’t register until much later that this was something to be concerned about. “The dependency of a newborn can be intensely satisfying to the borderline mother, but as the child becomes increasingly independent, conflicts erupts.”