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Crazy Rich Asians Part 3, Chapter 16

By Kevin Kwan

Part 3, Chapter 16

Sentosa Cove — Singapore

  • A tapping noise wakes Nick. It's been a sleepless week for him since Rachel broke up with him.
  • He wishes he could go back in time, to redo it all.
  • He's conflicted: he can't keep up with Singapore the older he gets, but he still loves coming home to all the nostalgia.
  • There's that tapping again.
  • Nick thinks someone is in the house.
  • He sees a reflection moving.
  • In search of a weapon he finds…a didgeridoo.
  • Yep, that'll do it.
  • He nearly clubs Colin as he investigates the sound.
  • Sweet dear friend Colin has come back early from his honeymoon because he's worried about Nick. Lots of people are worried about Nick.
  • As he's fixing breakfast, Colin tells Nick about Kitty Pong getting busted with Bernard at the post-wedding tea ceremony, consequently dumping Alistair.
  • Nick says Rachel's too pragmatic to change her mind. He blames himself for her life becoming a "total mess" (3.16.37).
  • The tapping returns and Nick explains to Colin that this blue jay has been tapping at the glass day after day.
  • Colin open the glass panels.
  • The bird flies in and starts pecking at a Damien Hirst painting.
  • Colin tells Nick to be the blue jay: "never give up trying […] take an impossible situation and make everything possible" (3.16.54).