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After Tish in James Baldwin's If Beale Street Could Talk, told her mom that she was expecting, her mom left the room and returned with   a.Tish's baby book b.A plate of food c.Two glasses of champagne d.A glass of water with a little whiskey

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In Chapter One of James Baldwin’s 1974 novel If Beale Street Could Talk , Clementine, called Tish, doesn’t actually tell her mother that she’s pregnant; she basically allows her mother’s intuition to draw the right conclusion from Tish’s behavior.  Tish is not a child; she’s 19-years old, but she’s still economically and emotionally dependent upon her parents, especially her mother.  When she find out she’s expecting a baby, like many teenagers and young adults in similar circumstances, she fears her family’s reaction.  As she approaches the end of her first trimester, however, she knows that her physical appearance will be sufficiently transformed in the near future to allow for anyone to see...

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