Hemingway’s story seems to argue the opposite of the statement that Jig would have gone through with the abortion if she really loved the American man.
Hemingway depicts the man as rather callous, selfish, and immature. Throughout the entire discussion, all he focuses on is convincing Jig to have an abortion. Despite her constant pleas to stop talking about it, he continues to bring up what he deems to be reasons why the procedure is an acceptable one. Calling it an “awfully simple operation…not really an operation at all,” the man tries to manipulate Jig’s decision. He tells her she “wouldn’t mind it,” as if the procedure were a simple everyday occurrence with no consequences. He does not consider Jig’s feelings or the child’s life.
The American man clearly does not want the responsibility of caring for a family. He sweet-talks Jig, agreeing with everything she says in hopes that she will go along with his wishes. When she is upset, he falsely assures her “We can have everything.” He refers to the baby as a “thing” which is a clear indication that he is not ready to be a father. He even uses reverse psychology in telling her not to go through with the procedure. Overall, he does not display any paternal feelings.
There does not seem to be much of a relationship between the two. Each one has a different conversation, instead of both staying on the same page. He does not genuinely listen to her words, but instead tries to place a smoke-screen in front of her feelings. “That’s the only thing that bothers us. It’s the only thing that’s made us unhappy.” The man covers up what is clearly not a good relationship and places blame on the child, attempting to turn any allegiance away from the baby. If Jig has any love for herself and her unborn baby, she will walk away from the man.