Throughout the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, Christian Grey demonstrates that he is a man of few words. This becomes quite evident in Fifty Shades Darker when he lets his actions speak for themselves. So I chose to attempt to illustrate a particular moment when Christian exposes a lot of himself to Ana…and not just because they happen to be in the shower together… 😉
Communication between the two of them is not always the best and often difficult. Both of them highly aware that being in a relationship is new territory, and that they have no prior knowledge to help them navigate through it. Frustration and sometimes conflict is the result, but is soon followed by some physical shenanigans.
However, in this instance, both of them are going through a rapid-fire succession of very stressful events–both together and individually. Their internal frustrations and stress bubble up into a small argument during their unexpected stay at the Fairmont Olympic. But what happens next takes a bit of a different turn than the usual order of things, when they happen to have a disagreement or some sort of conflict with each other.
After entering into somewhat of a stubborn and speechless stalemate, Christian makes an attempt to cut the tension by suggesting they shower together. This may seem like the usual tactic he would take after anger and frustration occur between them, but this time it’s a bit different. Once in the shower, Ana immediately feels the previous tension fade away under the soothing cascade of water. But relaxation is not in Christian’s immediate future. Whether it happened to be a conscious decision at that moment or not, he ends up shocking Ana by utilizing a non-verbal interaction to show her that he’s trying his best to share more emotional intimacy with her.
This also unveiled the true scope of just how seriously his past had damaged him. How it caused him to build up walls to protect himself from further pain. But now those same walls were preventing him from letting anyone in–even those he desperately wanted to let in…namely Ana.
By allowing her to wash the lipstick traces from his skin, he subjected himself to his most vulnerable state. But it also gave Ana a very vivid glimpse of just how much of a devastating effect his past had on him, and how much emotional and psychological pain that had to be overcome in order to be more emotionally available to her. It also provided Ana with more of a perspective as to how his experiences as a child had influenced his life as an adult and the man she was constantly trying to understand.
None of the significance was lost on Ana, as she was quickly overcome with emotion due to the extreme empathy she felt toward Christian and his emotional struggles that manifest in actual physical distress. It gave her a clearer picture of why he reacts to situations the way he does. Volumes were spoken in that intimate moment in the shower even though very few actual words were uttered by either of them.
However, when one Mr. Grey does choose to express himself verbally, it promises to hold very significant meaning. This becomes very evident to Ana shortly after she becomes quite emotional while removing the ‘road map,’ and the two have quite an important exchange of words… 😉