Half a century later they still adhere to the script. They like it so much, they have passed over every opportunity to know her better, to find out who she really is. Even though she's now their chief support, they enjoy telling friends and strangers- yes, even strangers- what a tribulation she is.
And they run her down to her face.
They are not otherwise bad people. They have virtues.
But all of that is none of my business. My business is to hate them.