(another double shift. WHEN will I ever have time again for more than a short blurb?????)
In the film Castaway, Tom Hanks' character is madly in love with Helen Hunt's, but then he spends four years on an island and when he comes back, she's married and has a child. In 1983 Stephen King used the same plot device in The Dead Zone: Johnny spends years in a coma and comes back to life after the love of his life has married and had a child.
How is it that these women find other satisfying relationships and get married so damn fast? It took me forty, pathetic, constipated years to fall in love. If my boyfriend gets shipwrecked, he'll have a good ten or fifteen-year grace period to get back to me, no problem.