The Time Traveler's Wife dramatizes some of the obstacles of married life and extols compromise as the key to a happy union. Clare and Henry face obstacles that neither of them can control nor predict. Yet, Clare forgives Henry again and again for his frequent absences, sometimes when she needed him the most. Henry, for his part, tries to be a caring husband and father in his present with Clare. Throughout their struggles to have a child, they always find back together because they make an effort to understand each other's feelings.