“He has a point, Christian. You’re very wealthy, and I’m bringing nothing to our marriage but my student loans.”
Christian gazes at me, his eyes bleak. “Anastasia, if you leave me, you might as well take everything. You left me once before. I know how that feels.”
— Fifty Shades Freed, p32
For context, that’s Christian Grey explaining why refuses to sign a pre-nuptial agreement with Ana. It’s another classic Fifty Shades moment which is trying to sound romantic and affectionate – but isn’t when you stop to think about it. Christian is saying his life isn’t worth living if he doesn’t have Ana.
No pressure then.
It’s not unsurprising that Christian is able to make all manner of promises of commitment to Ana, even though he is abusive towards her. He has, after all, no intention of losing her.
This mini-series on Choice, commitment and consent has four parts:
- Part 1 looked at how promise is important to understanding redemption.
- Part 2 looked at Christian’s promises in the first book of the trilogy, Fifty Shades of Grey.
- Part 3 (this one!) looks at Christian’s promises in Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed.
- Part 4 will look at Ana’s promises in the trilogy.