[Vee] was quiet a moment. 'What do you mean by 'physically threatened?'
'[Elliot] dragged me out the front door and shoved me against the house.'
'But he was drunk, right?'
'Does it matter?' I snapped.
'Well, he has a lot going on. I mean, he was wrongly accused of being messed up in some girl's suicide, and he was forced to switch schools. If he hurt you—and I'm not justifying what he did, by the way—maybe he just needs…counseling, you know?' (20.40-44)
How does Vee factor into the issue of good and evil? Here we see her betray Nora by defending Elliot rather than taking Nora's side, and in a scenario that's pretty cut and dry: Elliot is totally out of line in how he treats Nora.