Even before Ana had even met Elena Lincoln, she already had a very negative impression of her. Once she had actually met the woman, it seemed as if her impressions actually underestimated just how evil the woman really was. After a few incidents where Elena’s aggressiveness and threats had been unleashed on her, Ana finally answers back. During this scene from Fifty Shades Darker, Ana helps Elena become well-acquainted with one of Carrick’s special (and very strong) lemon martinis.
The outcome of this scene was made all the more delicious (no pun intended) since Elena had assumed that she had cornered her prey and had free range to attack. Little did she know that soon the tables would be turned. I couldn’t resist attempting to depict the moment Ana finally struck back at Mrs. Robinson and put the wheels in motion to her demise with the Greys.
Although perhaps not providing as much physical impact as a punch or slap to the face (the latter of which Grace took it upon herself to take care of later) Ana throwing her martini probably made much more of an impact than any sort physical attack might supply. Especially for Elena. It was more effective because it was much more humiliating. Much like one man removing his glove to slap another man when challenging him to a dual–it doesn’t really do any real physical damage, but leaves a stinging impression nonetheless. Elena was always perfect, immaculate in appearance, put together, calm and cool. But by throwing the drink in her face, Ana made more of an impression than any violence ever could.
Of course, such an action is sure to escalate things and most certainly lead to actual physical violence. Elena was just about to carry that out, but luckily it was Christian to the rescue. But it also marked the beginning of the end for Elena as well. Angered, flustered and soaked with alcohol, she failed to keep calm which lead to a heated argument. Her desperation began to show, which only made Christian more resolute that she no longer had a place in his life.
But the humiliation doesn’t stop there. For it wasn’t just Ana and Christian baring witness to Elena’s loss of control and intimidation, but soon Grace appears after overhearing and learning just what went on between Elena and her son. In a few quick moments, not only did she lose her power of intimidation over Ana, but lost any loyalty that Christian may have still felt toward her, and also her long-standing friendship with Grace. Soon she was unceremoniously ordered out of the Grey home, but not before being on the receiving end of the aforementioned slap to the face by Grace.
So, with one quick drenching by Ana, Elena’s reputation was washed away in an instant.
Hmmm…a thought just occurred to me…if it weren’t for Ana getting very drunk and calling Christian, things might have turned out quite a bit differently for the both of them. If Mia hadn’t handed Ana the special lemon martini before being confronted by Elena, things might have once again turned out quite a bit differently. Seems like alcohol plays quite an important game-changer for Ana, doesn’t it?