The markings on the tapes said they were recordings Hartman had made of his sessions with his patients. I saw Alice’s name on one of them. For a moment, I couldn’t breathe right.
Hartman: Now Mrs. Wake, can you tell me about Alan’s problems?
Alice: [sighs] He’s more and more out of control all the time. The parties, he’s so angry all the time, he’s getting violent, he’s--
Hartman: Do you mean with you?
Alice: No, not with me. No, never. I... sometimes I almost wish Alan would take a swing at me, because at least that’d lead to a conversation he couldn’t march out of. But no. He just... Alan doesn’t really sleep. And the work... well, he’s not writing. At all. He sits there for hours and just gets more and more frustrated. And I can’t talk to him.
Hartman: Yes, Mrs. Wake, tell me -- what would you say to him if he’d listen?
Alice: [sighs] Oh, I don’t know. I want to say -- I look at you, and it’s not you, just some stranger who resembles you, looking out from behind your eyes. And I don’t like that guy much, and now it’s all gonna go to hell.
Hartman: But you don’t ever say this?
Alice: No. No, I’ve tried, but... he’s not listening. He’s too deep in his own problems, going on about something else. I’m so afraid I’m going to lose him, and we’re not even talking anymore. He doesn’t let me in anymore. He just keeps me in the dark. I’m so alone here, even when he’s home. Please help me doctor, because I’m at my wit’s end.
Hartman: Well, if you can just get him here, I’ll absolutely do my very best.
Alice: Yeah, but doctor, you need to be careful with him. He’s not just going to listen to you and cooperate. He’s the most stubborn man I’ve ever met.
Hartman: Well, I’ll be sure to bear that in mind.
Takeaways: Alice did a fair bit of talking to Hartman before they got to Bright Falls. She 100% recognized their marriage was falling apart (obviously) and that Alan was being a shithead and she’s not downplaying that, but they're both very nonconfrontational people. Alice almost wants a confrontation because trying to talk it out isn't working, and yet in spite of that her primary concern is not losing Alan. So really it's not even that she took him to Bright Falls / Hartman just to get him writing again. She did genuinely want to help him out of his funk -- and probably figured if his writers block frustrations could be alleviated, then maybe he'd get back to himself a bit and wouldn't be in such a crap mood all the time. Also I caught a thing on the wiki where someone suggested that Alice made Scratch with that description of Alan, considering she is an artist and Hartman probably made those recordings near the lake. I don't personally think that's the case because I think Scratch is an entity unto himself, but it’s interesting that what she says here matches up a bit with how she describes her Scratch sightings in Control as “not Alan, but a fucking monster in his body.”