Hills Like White Elephants
How we cite our quotes:
"We can go everywhere."
"No, we can't. It isn't ours any more." (78-79)
Regardless of what happens, the shared magic, the shared beauty of the world no longer belongs to them, as a couple. Jig might never be able to get over the fact that the man doesn’t want to share parenthood with her.
"I'm perfectly willing to go through with it if it means anything to you."
"Doesn't it mean anything to you? We could get along." (91-92)
"Go through with it" is code for "get married," and is definitely low on our list of most romantic proposals. It doesn’t sound like he sees it as much of a choice. Could they, in fact, get along now that Jig knows that he doesn’t really want to marry her or be a father?