To his credit, Hannah’s husband, Elkanah, is saying here that he sees women as more than just vessels for childbearing when he asks if he isn’t more to her than many little children. Love is something he and Hannah share. Not rare in the ancient world, but not evidenced everywhere, either. What he doesn’t acknowledge here is that he is a rich man who can afford more than one wife. He has one who has already given him children and he also has one that he loves, Hannah. His needs are mostly met, but not Hannah’s.