She is manipulative and judgmental, and she could make his life miserable. Perhaps she would not be interested in him anyway.
Then, in three year, he meet another woman in a clothing shop in Neuchatel. She i nice. She makes love to him very slowly, over a period of months. After a year, she comes to live with him in Berne. They live quietly, take walks together along the Aare, are companions to each other, grow old and contended.
He also decides that he must see her again.