In her hotel, Julia puts her feet up to ease the pain in her belly. She reflects on her decision not to explain her sudden trip to her parents, or to tell them of her pregnancy. She feels as though her life has “shifted subtly” in the past months and wonders if this is because of Sarah. Though she is eager to meet William, she is too nervous to phone him. Zoë gives Julia the encouragement she needs, and Julia leaves a voicemail for William.
This chapter shows the crucial role that Zoë’s encouragement and positive attitude play in Julia’s life. Here, they make the difference between Julia contacting William and never being brave enough to call him. This chapter is also important because it introduces the possibility that all might not be well with Julia’s pregnancy, as she postpones telling her parents.