An Abundance of Katherines

by

John Green

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Lindsey Lee Wells Character Analysis

Lindsey Lee Wells is a resident of Gutshot, Tennessee, and is Colin’s primary love interest after the Katherines. Born and raised in Gutshot, Lindsey does not want to leave even though her mother, Hollis, is pushing for her to go to college out of town. To Hollis’s chagrin, Lindsey is dating TOC, a popular boy who used to refer to Lindsey as “Lassie” and once dropped off a Valentine box full of dog food on her front porch. Lindsey has made it her life’s mission to date and eventually marry TOC, because she wants to be in control of her own social status. Lindsey appears to be part of the popular crowd, but she confides in Colin that she thinks she is “full of shit.” She struggles to identify who she really is. Over the course of the novel, she realizes that she does matter to many of the local people, not just TOC. She decides to spend more time and attention on the people and things that really matter to her. As part of this decision, she decides to date Colin instead of TOC, and she decides to be easier on her mother, who is doing all she can to keep Gutshot’s economy running for the good of all its residents.

Lindsey Lee Wells Quotes in An Abundance of Katherines

The An Abundance of Katherines quotes below are all either spoken by Lindsey Lee Wells or refer to Lindsey Lee Wells. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Chapter 5 Quotes

He thought of Chicago, where you can go days without ever once stepping on a single patch of actual earth. That well-paved world appealed to him, and he missed it as his feet fell on uneven clumps of hardened dirt that threatened to twist his ankles.

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Page Number: 32
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He could just never see anything coming, and as he lay on the solid, uneven ground with Hassan pressing too hard on his forehead, Colin Singleton’s distance from his glasses made him realize the problem: myopia. He was nearsighted. The future lay before him, inevitable but invisible.

Related Symbols: “Eureka” Moments, The Theorem
Page Number: 35
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Chapter 6 Quotes

[Y]ou can see into the future if you have a basic understanding of how people are likely to act.

Related Characters: Colin Singleton (speaker), Hassan Harbish, Lindsey Lee Wells
Related Symbols: The Theorem
Page Number: 43
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Chapter 7 Quotes

No longer a prodigy, not yet a genius – but still a smartypants.

Page Number: 65
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Chapter 13 Quotes

You’re not boring. You’ve got to stop saying that, or people will start believing you.

Related Characters: Lindsey Lee Wells (speaker), Colin Singleton
Page Number: 139
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Chapter 19 Quotes

“It’s funny, what people will do to be remembered.”

“Well, or to be forgotten, because someday no one will know who’s really buried there. Already a lot of kids at school and stuff think the Archduke is really buried here, and I like that. I like knowing one story and having everyone else know another. That’s why those tapes we made are going to be so great one day, because they’ll tell stories that time has swallowed up or distorted or whatever.”

Related Characters: Colin Singleton (speaker), Lindsey Lee Wells (speaker), Hollis Wells
Page Number: 201-2
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And the moral of the story is that you don’t remember what happened. What you remember becomes what happened. And the second moral of the story, if a story can have multiple morals, is that Dumpers are not inherently worse than Dumpees—breaking up isn’t something that gets done to you; it’s something that happens with you.

Related Symbols: “Eureka” Moments, The Theorem
Page Number: 207-8
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Epilogue Quotes

As the staggered lines rushed past him, he thought about the space between what we remember and what happened, the space between what we predict and what will happen. And in that space, Colin thought, there was room enough to reinvent himself – room enough to make himself into something other than a prodigy, to remake his story better and different – room enough to be reborn again and again….There was room enough to be anyone – anyone except whom he’d already been, for if Colin had learned one thing from Gutshot, it’s that you can’t stop the future from coming. And for the first time in his life, he smiled thinking about the always-coming infinite future stretching out before him.

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Page Number: 214-15
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Colin’s skin was alive with the feeling of connection to everyone in that car and everyone not in it. And he was feeling not-unique in the very best possible way.

Page Number: 215
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Lindsey Lee Wells Character Timeline in An Abundance of Katherines

The timeline below shows where the character Lindsey Lee Wells appears in An Abundance of Katherines. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 5
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...Muslim. Not a terrorist.” The girl, who will be their tour guide, introduces herself as “Lindsey Lee Wells. Methodist. Me neither.” Colin keeps noticing her smile even as he thinks about... (full context)
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Colin misses the well-paved landscape of Chicago while he, Lindsey, and Hassan walk across an uneven field. Colin finds reasons to be annoyed with both... (full context)
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...making anagrams, which leads him to trip, fall, and hit his head on a rock. Lindsey asks Hassan for his shirt to bandage Colin’s head wound. When he refuses, Lindsey uses... (full context)
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Hassan reveals that he did not want to take off his shirt in front of Lindsey because he did not want to reveal is “man-tits.” He helps Colin look for his... (full context)
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Lindsey returns with a new shirt and a first aid kit while Colin is finishing up... (full context)
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...says the theorem idea is “interesting” which is the highest compliment he can give Colin. Lindsey looks at the notebook and asks what a K-19 is. Colin briefly describes his relationship... (full context)
Chapter 7
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Lindsey, Colin, and Hassan have continued walking through the field, which turns abruptly into a graveyard.... (full context)
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Hassan asks how this rural town in Tennessee got the Archduke. Lindsey says the town bought him around 1921 for thirty-five hundred dollars. Colin mentions that thirty-five... (full context)
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Lindsey suddenly notices some of her friends from school trudging over the slope. When the newcomers... (full context)
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...Hassan cannot resist telling Katrina that he said her face was beautiful like a hemorrhoid. Lindsey bursts out laughing and finally insists that Colin and Hassan drop the act. Everyone laughs.... (full context)
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...says he needs some Gatorade before he can get back on the road with Colin. Lindsey says they can all go back to the store, and her voice reminds Colin of... (full context)
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Hollis, who is at the store when they arrive, turns out to be Lindsey’s mother. Hollis recognizes Colin as the winner of the game show KranialKidz. Colin is shocked... (full context)
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On the way back to Hollis and Lindsey’s house, Hollis leads the way in a pink pickup truck with Hassan while Colin drives... (full context)
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Lindsey makes Colin swear not to laugh when she tells him what the plant makes: mainly... (full context)
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...uncomfortable. Only Hassan speaks, complimenting the food, until Colin finds something in his food that Lindsey and Hollis tell him is birdshot. Colin decides to mostly eat his green beans and... (full context)
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...doodle. Colin is affronted that Hassan calls his work “doodling,” and Hassan is offended when Lindsey says the Arabic exchange sounded like gibberish. He tells her, “We’re speaking the sacred language... (full context)
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A while later, Hollis decides they should all play Scrabble. Lindsey is aghast that Colin is a genius but has never played Scrabble. He insists he... (full context)
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Just as Colin is wondering whether he lacks the math skills for the Theorem, Lindsey comes in wearing pajamas. She bites her thumb nervously, which Colin tells her he does... (full context)
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Lindsey tells Colin that she used to be ugly and got picked on a lot. Colin... (full context)
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Colin says he wouldn’t judge Lindsey if she had sold her soul because “not having friends sucks.” He wonders aloud if... (full context)
Chapter 8
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Hassan and Lindsey watch The Today Show and Colin reads from a Lord Byron anthology he brought with... (full context)
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...been issues with gossip about the interviews, so Colin and Hassan, who are outsiders, and Lindsey, who everyone trusts, will be conducting the interviews from now on. Hollis wants six hours... (full context)
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Lindsey, frustrated with Hollis’s tone with regard to her boyfriend, asks Hassan in the Hearse to... (full context)
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Lindsey leads them to the house of a man named Starnes, who greets them at the... (full context)
Chapter 9
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Back in Starnes’s un-air-conditioned living room, Colin, Hassan, and Lindsey interview him. He says he was born in “the country” (south-central Tennessee) and has stayed... (full context)
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...drinks a lot of it as he listens to Starnes talk about how Dr. Dinzanfar, Lindsey’s great-grandfather, made sure never to lay off more than one person per family even during... (full context)
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...that he will also leave behind something more. Colin loses track of them time until Lindsey stands up to leave, asking Starnes if he wants Hollis to get him an air... (full context)
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In the Hearse, Lindsey insists that Hassan and Colin drop her off at the store to see The Other... (full context)
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After dropping off Lindsey, Colin and Hassan spend some time eating unappetizing burgers and fries at Hardee’s. Colin reads... (full context)
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Lindsey gives Colin and Hassan TOC’s keys so that they can wait for her in his... (full context)
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When Hassan returns, he complains about Lindsey’s bubbly demeanor around TOC. Colin asks if Hassan has a crush on her, and Hassan... (full context)
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Off the phone, Colin walks past Hassan’s room and hears Lindsey and Hassan talking about him. Lindsey wants to know, “How does he do it?” and... (full context)
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Colin walks into the room, and Hassan and Lindsey change the subject. Colin works on the Theorem while they talk. At midnight, Colin looks... (full context)
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Lindsey interrupts Colin’s thoughts by beginning to teach him about storytelling. His stories, she tells him,... (full context)
Chapter 10
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...so fat.” He says he is now going to refer to himself exclusively as “Daddy.” Lindsey interrupts the conversation by coming down the stairs. Colin thinks she looks extra pretty because... (full context)
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Colin, Hassan, and Lindsey get out the door and go to interview a bearded man named Hezekiah Wilson Jones.... (full context)
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Eventually, Hassan, who has left to pick up Lindsey, pulls up with Lindsey in Satan’s Hearse. Both Hassan and Lindsey try to comfort Colin,... (full context)
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...on burning his notebook, he goes in search of a match and ends up in Lindsey’s room. He notices that all the pictures of her in the room are from the... (full context)
Chapter 11
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The fifth night in Gutshot, Colin refuses Hassan, Lindsey, and even Hollis‘s attempts to get him to go out driving around with Hassan and... (full context)
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...four questions but stay a little longer to be polite. Between sighs, Hollis says that Lindsey used to visit these people before she started dating “that boy.” She yells up at... (full context)
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When Lindsey comes downstairs, Hassan is watching TV. “Sorry Linds,” he says, “I called in sick.” Colin... (full context)
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They come up on Chase’s car. Lindsey has Colin slow down and roll down his window. TOC is driving and calls out,... (full context)
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...time they reach the nursing home where they are to conduct their interviews, Colin and Lindsey have settled on five variables: age, popularity differential, attractiveness differential, Dumper/Dumpee differential, and introvert/extrovert differential.... (full context)
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...relative in a coma, so he is pleasantly surprised by how chatty everyone is inside. Lindsey has to correct some of the interviewees who assume he is her boyfriend. The “oldsters”... (full context)
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In the Hearse, Lindsey is perplexed by why Hollis would sell land. She is sure they are not hurting... (full context)
Chapter 13
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Hassan goes out with Lindsey, Katrina, TOC, JATT, and SOCT on Sunday and Monday while Colin works on the Theorem,... (full context)
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When they arrive at the store to pick up Lindsey from another illicit date with TOC, Hassan and TOC joke with each other, and TOC... (full context)
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Colin, Lindsey, and Hassan go back to Hollis’s house early. She is on the phone when they... (full context)
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When Lindsey comes by Colin’s room to get him for dinner, he is struck by how pretty... (full context)
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In the car, after Colin and Lindsey get food from what Lindsey refers to as the “Taco Hell” drive-thru and stare through... (full context)
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They go to a field that Lindsey tells Colin will soon be owned by Marcus. They discuss their parents. Colin learns that... (full context)
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Lindsey gets a shotgun out of the trunk, loads it, and tells Colin to shoot straight... (full context)
Chapter 14
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Back in the present, Lindsey tells Colin that the problem with his stories is that they don’t have morals, he... (full context)
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Lindsey leads Colin to a small, dark cave. She says she is bringing him there because... (full context)
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Lindsey says she found the cave when she was hiking around by herself in eighth grade.... (full context)
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Lindsey decides to tell Colin a story about herself. She says that in elementary school, she... (full context)
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After another moment of silence, Colin asks if Lindsey thinks people would like her more or less if they could see inside her. He... (full context)
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After a longer silence, Colin says that he likes Lindsey, and that she doesn’t chameleon in front of him. For example, she bites her thumb... (full context)
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Colin and Lindsey return home after dark, talking about how it is just not meant to be. Anyway,... (full context)
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On the stairs, Lindsey and Colin conspire about Hollis’s phone call. It must have something to do with the... (full context)
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Colin sneaks into Hassan’s room once Lindsey goes downstairs. They discuss how Hassan got to second base over the shirt, and how... (full context)
Chapter 15
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Things are awkward over the next few days because Lindsey and Colin do not talk about anything they mentioned in the cave, but slowly things... (full context)
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Colin and Hassan drive to the meeting place for the hunt in the Hearse with Lindsey. Lindsey directs them to a lodge off a dead-end, where they find TOC, JATT, and... (full context)
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...turned upside down, like a snow globe God is shaking. Colin feels an affinity with Lindsey now in her inability to identify what “I” means. He now has not one missing... (full context)
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...them. All Colin can do is summon the courage to shoot the pig the way Lindsey showed him. He is amazed to see the pig stop dead in its tracks and... (full context)
Chapter 16
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...are face to face. TOC threatens to beat up Colin and Hassan if they tell Lindsey. Katrina admits that this arrangement has been going on for a long time, and Hassan... (full context)
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When Lindsey, SOCT, and JATT show up, Colin tries to decide whether or not to tell Lindsey—would... (full context)
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Everyone drinks except Hassan, who says he is no longer drinking. Lindsey asks if Colin is quiet because of the stings, and he says they burn “like... (full context)
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...Hassan, and drags himself up on the Archduke’s obelisk to look around. TOC is gone. Lindsey is tending to Hassan with her first-aid kit. Colin turns back to the obelisk. He... (full context)
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...the worst.” Colin is in pain from walking, running, getting stung, and being beat up. Lindsey has decided she is never speaking to TOC again. Colin sees Hassan, who is also... (full context)
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Downstairs, Lindsey says she doesn’t want to talk about what happened, but that she hopes Colin’s genitals... (full context)
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...memory problems, recounts memories of Dr. Dinzanfar. He once gave her free candy. She tells Lindsey she missed holding her hand, and Lindsey starts crying. She stops in the bathroom on... (full context)
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...graph for his true relationship with Katherine III. He shows the graph to Hassan and Lindsey. Hassan wants to know if it works to predict the future for anyone, and Colin... (full context)
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...the real test will be whether the formula can predict how a relationship will go. Lindsey interrupts to tell Colin he should ask Hassan what he was doing in the game... (full context)
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Lindsey wakes Colin up on Thursday morning, telling him they are going to Memphis to spy... (full context)
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...parking lot. There is no receptionist in the small office of the warehouse, so Colin, Lindsey, and Hassan make their way out back to a dirt field, where there are two... (full context)
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The forklift operator, who introduces himself as the director of operations for Gutshot Textiles, recognizes Lindsey because she looks like Hollis. He says that Hollis will be there soon and walks... (full context)
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Hollis is surprised to see Lindsey there. Lindsey begins angrily demanding if she is trying to kill the town so that... (full context)
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Lindsey demands why, if the company is so broke, Hollis hired Colin and Hassan to do... (full context)
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Lindsey rides with Hollis on the way back to Gutshot, leaving Colin and Hassan alone together... (full context)
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Colin and Hassan arrive home after Hollis and Lindsey. Hollis tells them Lindsey went to stay overnight with her friend Janet. She thinks Lindsey... (full context)
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Colin drives in the Hearse to the field where he practiced shooting with Lindsey, hoping that he is correct in understanding “sleeping over at Janet’s” as a hint from... (full context)
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Lindsey tells Colin that she thinks TOC is not real after all, and she is mad... (full context)
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Colin askes Lindsey how to fix the problem of being self-centered. She tells him she has been thinking... (full context)
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After a silence, Colin says he thinks the Archduke’s grave contains someone else’s body. Lindsey says it’s her great-grandfather. Colin is surprised that she knows “Fred N. Dinzanfar” is an... (full context)
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Colin and Lindsey seem to grab each other’s hand. Colin tells her how he dumped Katherine III and... (full context)
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In a section subtitled, “The Beginning, and the Middle, and the End,” Colin tells Lindsey about each Katherine. Katherine I was his tutor’s daughter. Katherine II was an eight-year old... (full context)
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...“breaking up isn’t something that gets done to you; it’s something that happens with you.” Lindsey adds that the other moral is that anyone can learn to tell a good story.... (full context)
Epilogue
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...Hassan going over profit and loss margins. He asks Colin if he hooked up with Lindsey and congratulates him for circling her like a vulture. Having decided to go out to... (full context)
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The day the Theorem indicates as the day Lindsey will break up with Colin, he wakes up to a note from Lindsey telling him... (full context)
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The next day, Colin works on the Theorem some more while Hassan and Lindsey play poker. Suddenly, he realizes that while it is possible to write equations explaining why... (full context)
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Colin continues to think about how the future threatens to swallow everyone up eventually. Lindsey’s stories, on the other hand, are a big part of why he likes and even... (full context)
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Walking out to the Hearse with Lindsey and Hassan, nothing much happens, but Colin knows he will remember it because it is... (full context)