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Ready Player One | Level 3, Chapter 0039 | Summary



As Wade exits the OASIS, Ogden Morrow hugs Wade and tells him James Halliday's lawyers and GSS executives are waiting to talk to him since he is the company's new head. Wade puts them off while he goes to the hedge maze to meet Art3mis. They are both shy when they first meet. She is unabashedly displaying her facial birthmark. They introduce themselves as Samantha and Wade. Wade says he wants to spend his life with her and says she did the right thing by holding off until the quest was over: "We won, didn't we?" he asks. She tells him he is her best friend, and they kiss. Wade finds he has lost interest in the OASIS.


The quest complete, Wade wastes no time in tending to his only remaining goal: meeting the person he loves—in real life. In this way he honors the advice Halliday has given him, to find happiness in the real world. As soon as Wade and Samantha's physical bodies touch, the OASIS ceases to be even slightly compelling. Wade has found his true grail, which is a loving and meaningful relationship. For years he thought he wanted the power and money that would allow him to escape a bleak life on a decaying planet. All along, however, he's been looking for something very different: the power to live a full, real life.

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