Patti, too, feels the loss. It is like the loss of a loved one. She too had imagined a different ending. Wong has been good for her, taught her to be more accepting, less judgmental. “I don’t want to think about deportation.” Neither does Menon, though, dreamer that he is, he vows to keep Wong in his life, even if he has to travel to China.
And so, finally, Wong, who has been the luckiest of people, the inconsequential man others rallied around, thinks about deportation. He’s always been the most realistic of this tight group, and now he thinks realistically for Patti and Menon, for all of them. He makes a forlorn promise: “No circumstance and no distance can diminish my fondness at you and friendship to you.” Which is to say, he’s free.