| Quote #7
[Clare:] […] I kiss Henry goodnight. He smells of alcohol sweat and Helen's perfume. […] And I fall asleep, dreamless and happy. (1.12.85)
One wouldn't think that Henry's current state is the perfect conclusion to their wedding day, but for Clare it seems to be. She obviously has no delusions about ideal weddings and husbands, but has known Henry for long enough to love his real self and the reality of their life together.
| Quote #8
[Clare:] My body wanted a baby. […] I wanted someone to love who would stay: stay and be there, always. (2.3.3)
Because Clare loves Henry so much, his absences are painful to her. She wants a baby so that at least part of him will stay with her.
| Quote #9
[Henry:] "It's beautiful." [Clare] nods, satisfied, for a moment, that her mother really did love her. (2.6.29)
Clare always questioned her mother's love for her, because throughout her childhood her mother remained emotionally aloof. The poem that her mother dedicated to Clare finally proves to Clare that, deep down, she really loved her.