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While the hills are like white elephants, an animal that doesn’t exist, the ground is dry and barren.
The American man keeps telling Jig that this operation is perfectly safe, but since it is illegal, there is a good chance that she will have to go to a facility that is substandard and dangerous.
They both know that this is the end of the relationship despite the promises made by the American man.
Jig, the woman, and the American are drinking beer and trying new drinks while they wait for their train.Jig needs another female in her life to identify and help her with her situation.It is easy for a man to think that he understands what it is like to carry a child.Hence, to this couple it would be a white elephant and there is no room in their lives for this situation. he is telling her now that he will stay with her, but it is very unlikely since he does not want the ties of this child.The hills are symbolic of the belly of the pregnant woman.The ground has produced no vegetation just like the body of Jig.Once a woman has given birth, she has a baby to take away the empty feeling of her womb, but Jig will have nothing but the empty womb if she listens to the man.As the pregnancy progresses, her abdomen will grow and become rounded like a hill.It is difficult to climb a hill just as a pregnancy can be difficult is several ways. Many women find themselves terribly sick, and sometimes the pregnancy can even threaten the woman’s life.The man keeps telling her that it is a simple operation and that “I'll go with you and I'll stay with you all the time.They just let the air in and then it's all perfectly natural.” (Hemingway).