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In Ernest Hemingways Hills Like White Elephants the dialogue used by the characters allows readers to understand how manipulative and knieving people can be when they feel their way of life is in jeopardy A white elephant is an item which one person deems is unnecessarytrash while that unnecessary item may be seen as life savingtreasure The man in the story is an American and appears to be a bit of a ladys man It seems as though he knows how to sweet talk a woman into doing whatever he pleases Its really an awfully simple operation Jig the man said Its not really an operation at all The girl looked at the ground the table legs rested on I know you wouldnt mind it Jig Its really not anything Its just to let the air in The girl did not say anything Ill go with you and Ill stay with you all the time They just let the air in and then its all perfectly natural Then what will we do afterward Well be fine afterward Just like we were before What makes you think so Thats the only thing that bothers us Its the only thing thats made us unhappy1495 With such a suave delivery the man is attempting to explain to his lover how simple it will be to proceed with an abortion The girl is obviously worried about even having thought about an abortion And you think then well be all right and be happy1495 To which the man replies I know we will You dont have to be afraid Ive known lots of people that have done it1495 With his falsified words of encouragement and support the girl sarcastically retorts by saying So have I and afterward they were all so happy1495 The man seems to be losing control of the situation so instead of attacking her with a barrage of names of the people he knows he
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