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The three main points of "Hills Like White Elephants" are probably as follows:
1. Jig is pregnant and wants to have the baby.
"Doesn't it mean anything to you? We could get along."
"Would you please please please please please please please stop talking?"
2. The "American" doesn't want her to have the baby.
"It's really an awfully simple operation, Jig," the man said. "It's not really an operation at all."
"Well," the man said, "if you don't want to you don't have to. I wouldn't have you do it if you didn't want to. But I know it's perfectly simple."
3. They are about to board a train to take them to Madrid, where she will be getting an abortion.
It was very hot and the express from Barcelona would come in forty minutes. It stopped at this junction for two minutes and went on to Madrid.
"The train comes in five minutes," she [the waitress] said.
A touching sign that Jig really wants the baby is often overlooked:
The girl looked at the bead curtain, put her hand out and took hold of two of the strings of beads.
The beads remind her of the wooden beads that often come on baby cribs, play pens, and strollers.
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