Chapter Six continued...
Even if there is only a glimmer of hope I'll make every effort to find a cure for my son.…The leader of my work unit told me that since my first child is a deaf child, I can have a second child. But I don't want to.
In the fourth instance, the mother wrote:
Because of the current family planning policy, I can't have a second child. So I should concentrate my efforts on the treatment of my son's deafness.
She does not explain the "can't": she may lack the permission of her work unit to have another child, or perhaps the deafness is congenital and she feels or has been advised not to run the risk of having a second deaf child.