They just let the air in and then it's perfectly natural"(198).The argument creates a major conflict between the two people.A baby is precious and life changing, which makes Jig desire to keep the baby and progress with her companion. Jig realizes that she needs to do what makes her happy, not what makes her companion happy.
However, her companion attempted to persuade her in another direction, to proceed with the abortion.
As naïve as he is, he feels his persuasion can overcome Jig's desires.
Jig's rounded character is revealed only when her statements are closely analyzed and placed into context.
When reading the story, it is easy to miss the obvious sarcasm in statements such as And afterward they were all so happy (Hemingway 6) due to the skillful way that Hemingway hides Jig's true inner self.
The struggles with the complications of abortion concern and desire Jig to want to keep the baby.
Bringing a new life into the world is a long time commitment and it is something Jig feels she can treasure forever.
By strategically scattering these faint clues to Jig's persona though out the story, Hemingway forces the reader to overcome common stereotypes and examine ambiguous dialogue before being able to discover the round, dynamic character that is Jig.
Initially, Jig's character is referred to as the girl, (Hemingway 3) implying stereotypical attributes.
He does not realize that an abortion is a difficult procedure.
"I'll go with you and I'll stay with you all the time.