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"Alice, darling" refers to Simon's seemingly sweet but belittling requests. He uses love as a knife to chisel her personality to his exacting standard. Alice is terrified of his disappointment. She gives herself completely to placating Simon's ego. His Jekyll and Hyde nature keeps her on edge. Acquiescence allows Alice to maintain servility. His harsh words and tone hit like punches. He's not physically attacking her but achieving the same goal. Alice sees and hears Simon all the time. She cannot escape his manipulation.
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