Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
Elphaba the girl does not know how to see her father as a broken man. All she knows is that he passes his brokenness on to her. Daily his habits of loathing and self-loathing cripple her. Daily she loves him back because she knows no other way. (5.11.31)
She didn't mention (and she never had) how depressed Melena became when Elphaba was born. There was no point.
Elphie listened to all this, impatient and annoyed. On the one hand she wanted to throw it out the window: The past was immaterial. On the other, things fell into a slightly different order now. (184.108.40.206-51)
"Melena hated her life at Colwen Grounds, you know. That's why she contrived to fall in love with Frex and get out of there." . . .
"She always talked about it so lovingly!" said Elphaba, astounded.
"Oh, everything is gorgeous once it's gone." (220.127.116.11-9)