Mary: Eli, I really don't feel much like talking right now.
Eli: That's okay. You can just listen. (sits down next to her) Miss Terhoun told us you're not going to have a baby no more, and I'm really sorry, because I know how much you wanted one. And then I got to thinking, since I don't have a family of my own, maybe I could be your little boy. I know I'm not a baby no more, but you can't see me, you could pretend I am. Remember when I told you about my my sister? I know my mama didn't want me. Well, ever since I came here, I've been wishing you were my mama. And I thought that since we both need someone so bad, we could just pretend.
Mary: Eli, I--
Eli: Please don't say no right off. I'd be less trouble than a real baby, and if you give me a chance, I promise I'll try real hard to be what you want. You wouldn't be sorry.