Our hero takes a break of sorts between plot lines.
Later that night Wallace lay awake in bed drinking wine straight from the bottle. At least, he thought, he could afford a decent label now he was a depressed professor. Progress was snoring beside him. She lay on her back with her mouth wide open. He pushed her over onto her side into what he hoped was the recommended unconscious position for drunks. The beautiful Julie Progress farted in thanks for this health and safety intervention.