The symptoms of abuse are there, and the woman usually sees them: the escalating frequency of put-downs. Early generosity turning more and more to selfishness. Verbal explosions when he is irritated or when he doesn’t get his way.
You told me I was stuck. You told me I had nowhere to go. You told me I was weak. You told me so many other lies I believed, but I didn't believe those three. And now I can prove it, M. I can ducking prove it. YEAH THAT'S RIGHT, DUCKING.
she became silent. there were no longer any words to describe the absence of emotion within her heart. she went from arguing to being upset, now feeling nothing at all. she became silent because you were no longer worth fighting for.