As "Hills Like White Elephants" progresses, Jig becomes more aware that "the American" does not want to be in a relationship with her if she has their baby. She tries to convince him that their life would be better with the baby; however, he dissuades her from this idea. Jig begins to realize this, and she reaches a point in which she must consider how her life will be better--should she stay with the American, or should she leave him and have the baby? At the end of the story, Jig says that she is "fine" which leads readers to believe that she has come to a decision on her fate. This fate is of course left unsaid, but Jig knows what direction her life must follow. So, she grows psychologically from being confused about the decision that she must make to having clarity about the best decision for her life.