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seemed wrong to Robert that she should hurt this much, wrong that the doctors weren’t investigating. He couldn’t stop himself from wishing that he’d taken her to Watts Hospital instead. At that moment a nurse and an orderly rolled a gurney up to her bedside. “Let’s get you into delivery,” the nurse said. As they lifted her onto the gurney, Mercy said, “Can my mother come in with me? She’s a nurse.” “We’ll see what the doctor says.” To Robert she said, “The fl oor nurse can take you to the obstetrics waiting room.” Robert caught Mercy’s hand for a fi nal squeeze as they wheeled her away, saw her mouth the words “I love you,” and watched her disappear down the corridor. The doctors, nurses, and staff were all black. If they found it odd to see him there, they did a decent job of hiding it. That was more than Robert Black & White 199 could say about the two other expectant fathers in the waiting room who eyed him suspiciously until each, in turn, was called. By midnight Robert’s anxieties had full control. Until that
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