Christine decides she wants to augment the identity that Elgin provides her by becoming a mother, and every time her relationship with Elgin deepens, Christine temporarily finds satisfaction in her life. Once Christine becomes pregnant and betrothed to Elgin, she is content to go back to one of the jobs she had previously thought was too boring. Her menial job, which was previously unbearably tedious, is now suffused with greater meaning because it represents a means to support her child. Just like Rayona, however, Christine can believe in her fictionalized life only if other people do the same. On the evening of her wedding, Christine enjoys telling all the people at the club that she and Elgin are newly married. Just as Rayona finds an identity by getting Sky and Evelyn to believe in her fictional life, Christine reaffirms her identity as a wife and mother-to-be by publicly proclaiming her marriage. Each believes that having others know about her life, whether real or fictional, validates her identity.
Christine makes a major leap in understanding herself after Elgin begins repeatedly staying out late at night, and her rosy view of her life gives way to unflattering comparisons to women she has known in the past. Feeling abandoned by Elgin, Christine suddenly realizes how similar she is to the nagging wives of men with whom she used to have affairs, women whom she always disparaged. Suddenly seeing things from the viewpoint of these lonely wives makes Christine reevaluate herself and reinforces her suspicion that Elgin is cheating on her. Christine begins trying to keep Elgin close to her and simultaneously gains perspective on the somewhat promiscuous lifestyle she had been leading. This sudden self-awareness demonstrates how Christine has changed in only a few months. Becoming pregnant has made her cautious, thoughtful, and unusually responsible and has made her begin looking at herself in a new light.