I thought it was interesting to see all of the talk from Fredrick and Cathrine about the baby, as it was kinda disturbing to me. Such as the lines, “He had something in his two hands that looked like a freshly skinned rabbit and hurried across the corridor with it.” (324), or the line by Cathrine “She won’t come between us, will she? The little brat” (304) and when the doctor asks Frederick if he is proud of his son, he replies “No, he nearly killed his mother” (325) and he even says he feels no feeling of fatherhood. They pretty obviously don’t want this child and wish it wasn’t going to be born. But, if they actually do wish to have the kid, then they are some pretty pessimistic/messed up parents.
Also, I thought it was really interesting that Catherine ends up dying of a hemorrhage just like the man at the beginning of the novel that hemorrhaged above Fredrick on the way to the hospital right after Fredrick was injured. I thought it was a nice way to tie the beginning to the end of the book. It also made me think about how the blood that washed over Fredrick, in the beginning, could symbolize the blood he has on his hands for Cathrine’s death. As emphasized by Ferguson many times throughout the book that Fredrick would end up hurting and or getting Cathrine pregnant or in a bad situation.