This is kind of a basal observation — but because the fingerling has been continuously underlying, a continuous and ominous force, I was interested in considering how this character has been playing a role in the recent pages we’ve read. I’m wondering if Bell chooses to vividly describe the fingerling’s behavior and positions in the father figure’s body in the way that he does to make us think of motherhood, or pregnancy, or the idea of possession at the very least. For example, we are continuously updated on the locations of the fingerling — here, he is pushing on the father’s thigh, or boiling in his belly — and indeed, the belly always seems to be the core of his living. Maybe the fingerling serves to show the father the pain of pregnancy, of responsibility for another soul?

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