But she, it turns out, is capable of maternal feelings. She opted not to abort the illegitimate child she is carrying. Also she is cooking up a plan to deliver the child in Switzerland and have the baby adopted by a Swiss couple. However, Edith is willful.
Could she engineer and pull off a scheme to have the child and then be able to rear it? Would anyone believe that she, out of the goodness of her heart decided to adopt a baby, buy that tall tale? After all, women everywhere at that time were faced with the pickle of a pregnancy when not married.
Of course, her family could help her with the strategy and tactics. That is, if she dare confess to them her "sin." They might not be receptive to her plan. After all they were not keen on her taking up with a married man or, come to think of it, getting a job on a newspaper. They could simply respond with, "We told you so." Then they would have her go to Switzerland and return without a bundle of joy.
Edith could find a place for herself in life as a mother. Currently, although semi-liberated, she lacks a sense of self. In the household she lacks an identity and power.