So today, they talk about the Big A.
In relation to the
“… which is still in the Supreme Court, being debated upon by pedants and misogynists,” Alice.
Jonas: Are you going to lift a quote from that Germaine Greer book you are reading again?
Alice: She happens to be very erudite and insightful. As far as I’m concerned, she should be the Dalai Lama.
Jonas: I am not even going to comment on that.
Alice: Of course you won’t! You don’t even believe in a woman’s right to choose!
Jonas: I believe that every life is sacred.
Alice: If I get pregnant, and I don’t want to have the baby, what will you do?
Jonas: Considering how OC* you are when it comes to contraception, I very much doubt that.
Alice: You did not answer the question!
Jonas: Alice … if there has been an infinitesimal chance that you had gotten pregnant despite the considerable precautions we had taken … I will consider that zygote or blastomere or whatever, a part of you. I will love it or him or her without even having seen it yet. If you decide that you are not ready to have it/him/her — I will be immensely hurt, as I am sure you will also be. But I will try to understand … I will try …
Alice: (silent, open-mouthed, dumbstruck) You made a speech. You never do that.
Jonas: Well that got you to shut up. So it wasn’t a wasted effort.
* OC – obsessive-compulsive