Quentin compiles a list of all the pseudovisions in central Florida, and begins traveling to them one by one. Each time he arrives at a new place, he fears he will find Margo dead, but there is never any trace of her presence.
Meanwhile, Ben and Radar are progressing through the rituals that come with finishing high school. They go to prom, and each of them begins a serious relationship with a girl — Ben with Lacey, and Radar with his girlfriend Angela. Many people encourage Quentin to let his investigation rest and focus on his own life, but the thought that Margo may be dead makes it impossible for him to move on. Quentin returns often to the strip mall, and on one of his trips discovers a road map with pinholes in five different places.
He begins to think Margo may have intended to travel. He realizes that he has imagined Margo wrongly for many years, and is greatly humbled by that realization. On the morning of his high school graduation, a series of chance discoveries lead Quentin to realizes that Margo has gone to the town of Agloe, New York. He also realizes that she is planning to leave Agloe the next day. In Agloe, they find Margo living in an abandoned barn.
Their reunion is tense, as Margo is mortified at having been discovered. Lacey, Radar, and Ben storm out in anger. Quentin stays, and Margo calms down. They spend the rest of the day together, talking frankly about what they have both experienced in the three weeks since she disappeared.
Quentin urges Margo to come back to Orlando with him. Margo urges Quentin to come with her to New York City, where she intends to go next. They realize that they need to follow different paths in life, though they feel bound together by incredible intimacy, understanding and love.
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Chuck Parson , an enormous and popular athlete, approaches Quentin and starts to harass him, asking what he knows about Margo and Jase. Quentin knows nothing of interest, since his friendship with Margo has stagnated over the years. Quentin and Radar leave for calculus. In his narration, Quentin remarks about how easy it was for him to amuse himself by talking about prom with his friends, and to feel as though nothing happening around him mattered much. That Quentin has nothing substantial to say when Chuck asks him what he knows about Margo illustrates the extent to which they grown apart since they were children.
Though he thinks and writes about her constantly, he knows very little about her life. During lunch, Ben admits he wants to go to prom even though Quentin thinks the idea is stupid. He tells Quentin he has already been rejected by one potential date. A girl with dreadlocks approaches them, and Quentin realizes that this is Angela.
She asks whether Radar is embarrassed of her, or whether his parents are weird. Their conversation with Angela establishes how well Ben and Quentin know Radar, and how loyal they are to him. While both know the reason Radar is not inviting Angela to his house, they have no qualms about lying to cover for their friend. Talking with Radar after lunch, Quentin and Ben tell him about their conversation with Angela. They tease Radar about the real reason his for reluctance to bring his girlfriend home: After school, Quentin follows the same unremarkable routine he follows every day, watching television and eating dinner with his parents.
His days are boring, he thinks, but there is something pleasant about being bored. A little before midnight, however, the routine of the day is disrupted.
The window still has no screen. Quentin is comforted by the boring predictability of his life, and does not seem to have any particular thirst for adventure. However, his apparent failure to replace the window screen, which he removed on the night Joyner died to let Margo into his room, suggests he has been waiting subconsciously for her to re-enter his life. Retrieved September 14, Download this Chart PDF. They're like having in-class notes for every discussion! Get the Teacher Edition. My students love how organized the handouts are and enjoy tracking the themes as a class.
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