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Circumstances never go according to plan, however, and a tragedy occurs which leaves Nate bereft, injured, and alone. As the book opens, and again at the end, Nate is being pushed in his wheelchair to Times Square so that he can follow the ritual he’s followed for over 60 years to listen for the bells. He’s had a stroke this past year and his grandson, Blaine, who is so much like him, is the one pushing him. Accompanying them is Blaine’s boyfriend and lover, Tony, a young black man. Blaine confesses to his Zayde (grandfather) that he wants to move in with Tony, but he’s afraid that what he is doing is wrong because his parents won’t approve. He’s holding out hope that Nate approves and will grant them his blessing. Unable to talk, and barely able to move the hand on the only side of his body which still works, Nate’s final act that night is to give that blessing to Blaine before he hears the bells and goes to join Walter.