I received a letter from N from beyond the grave. This is not as dramatically viable as showing up at the last possible moment like Mimi, but it is almost. I didn't imagine real life could be this operatic. Perhaps the whole thing could make an opera libretto. I'll think it over.
I have always been bookish like Faust, but here I am in old age realizing that I have missed nothing. I might have wished to say "Hold! I would stop here." when things went on in undesired ways, but I have had the full experience of life.