In the last post, I predicted that Christian wouldn’t care about any of Ana’s thoughts (or lack, thereof) regarding The Contract.
In this post, Christian proves me right. Rather than acknowledging either of the changes that Ana actually demanded—a shorter trial period, and elimination of all dietary restrictions—or addressing her questions and concerns about the clauses she’s more willing to consider, he’s just going to go ahead and hold her to The Contract she still hasn’t agreed to yet:
The Submissive will ensure she achieves a minimum of eight hours’ sleep a night when she is not with the Dominant.
(quote pulled from page 172 of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey,’ from the “Sleep” section of The Contract’s Appendix I.)
Christian just comments on the quantity of Ana’s thoughts, then immediately orders her to go to bed. He calls her “Anastasia” when he does this, too, which makes his last email uncomfortably similar to something I might hear an impatient father say to his restless daughter at bedtime.
I’m not 100% certain whether or not I would consider this another instance of infantilization. Taken out of context, I would definitely give it the benefit of the doubt; because there has been infantilization and child sexualization earlier in the book, though, I’m not sure that there’s any doubt to be given at this point. Because I’m even having this conflict, I’m going to go ahead and tag it… for now.