She was said sweet and mindful of her duty, but Elia never was a Targaryen wife. Elia was ever a princess of Dorne - wild and wilful at heart. She had been raised as a highborn lady and knew how to behave, but she craved for freedom, for her young days at the Water Gardens practicing spear fighting with Oberyn.
“I know she is proud. How not? What else was left her but pride? I know she is strong. How not? The Dothraki despise weakness. If Daenerys had been weak, she would have perished with Viserys. I know she is fierce. Astapor, Yunkai, and Meereen are proof enough of that.