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I admit I kind of forgot about this one! But isn't it good?? Haha.
Hanna and Marek's dissolution is sort of contentious with readers, where it makes sense to some and no sense at all to others. I think this double page is a testament to their real love and empathy for one another - and isn't that enough? Aren't career and a vision for life distractions from a rare love like this? Couldn't they grow and find themselves together if they really tried?
I never wanted a single event to cause a rift with them, it just felt too cheap to treat it that way. But ultimately timing is the issue. All the issues at hand can be interrogated from different stages of life, and produce different results. What they chose to do in this stage of life can't be held to the standard of any other stage.
But it's tempting to have an opinion about it, and I'm glad people do. I think serials are a uniquely powerful way to create characters we feel like we know: people whose lives and principles - as opposed to their role in a story - are familiar to us. I still feel I know these characters, that they are still living, and replaying the timeline of their lives enforces that.