During the first few weeks after Christine’s arrival in the mission, Paul has regular contact with his wife at least every few days. However, as their contact becomes less frequent, his concerns and apprehensions about Christine’s safety grow. On one occasion, he is unable to reach her for several days. He is increasingly worried, especially as he reads about instability in the region in the news. When Christine finally returns his calls, she tells him she was simply on a routine visit to the countryside, during which she had no mobile phone reception. Paul is relieved that Christine is safe, but he finds it difficult to live with the uncertainty.
While he is happy that Christine has finally settled in, Paul is also jealous of her new friends and experiences. He even gets the feeling that she doesn’t tell him everything that is going on in her life.