This was the scene that finally caused Bette to fall out of character. To say she was shocked is not excessive. Her demeanor completely changed, and she fell into a stunned silence that seemed to endure for an eternity. It was too short of a moment to digest all that this meant to her: the childhood years of pain and agony she had had to endure at the whim of others; the neglect she endured when her parents were away and the abuse she suffered when they were present; the long and hard fought resolve that despite all that she desired and was denied, she was going to fight past everyone and get ahead. After years of patient scheming and calculating, with victory all but in her hands, she heard the words that swept all her dreams under a steamroller. All her artifice visibly collapsed. It was too big of Continue reading Falling out of character . . .