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February 18, 2011
When the end finally came, Dan was so crushed he quit his job, left New York—where he’d lived ever since he graduated from college—and moved back to St. Louis. That was a year ago. Since moving back, the journey to Mars was the first time he’d left the city, much less the planet.

“You know,” Nathan said, interrupting Dan’s reverie, “for some reason I’m not quite convinced you’ve never met the right guy.”

“Oh? Why’s that?”

"Because you've been staring out the window and not saying a word for a full minute."